'Guardians of the Galaxy' tops summer box office Saturday over 'Transformers'

By Kyle Johnson,

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is expected to become the top domestic grossing film of summer on Saturday, surpassing Michael Bay's latest directorial disaster Transformers: Day of Extinction.

James Gunn's newest film started off strong at the box office in its first full day at the box office with $37.8 million and never looked back. GOTG then hit the $200 million mark last weekend as well.

By Friday, the newest Marvel franchise had grossed $239 million domestically, Variety reports. The film, which has next to no competition at the box office this weekend, is projected to reach $246 million today.

That amount would put GOTG over the current top film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, which currently has earned $243.3 million at the U.S. box office. The Marvel film will likely surpass $252 million by the end of the weekend.

Disney's other strong summer performer Maleficent, will fall to the third spot with a domestic cume of $237 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the fourth spot, X-Men: Days of Future Past sits with $232.6 million.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 currently are tied at $202.9 million to round out the top five summer films.

While Transformers might be lagging somewhat here in the United States, the film has done gangbusters overseas and has a worldwide gross of $1.05 billion. GOTG is far, far behind with $430.7 million.

image courtesy of INFphoto.com



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