So you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy, right? Of course you have – almost everyone has by now, or so it seems at least.
Guardians was one of the summer’s true box office triumphs, and one of the most remarkable. Transformers: Age of Extinction may not have received critical raves, but the popularity of its predecessors all but guaranteed a monster haul. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was huge, but Cap had previously starred in his own movie and shown up in The Avengers. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – they were all part of already-successful franchises that gave them an advantage in the moneymaking stakes.