Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” Opened With a Bang On Thursday

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46(PCM) There has been a ton of hype leading up the open of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and for once the hype seems worth it.

Guardians of the Galaxy had the highest grossing Thursday night open in 2014 so far, grossing $11.2 million in 2D, 3D, and IMAX ticket sales, beating out some of the year’s biggest films like Transformers: Age of Extinction ($8.8 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (10.2 million).

While the summer is well known for being blockbuster season, the month of August has proven in the past to not be the peak of this season, but rather the tapering off, so it’s looking a lot like Guardians of the Galaxy could be one of the biggest August releases in years.

Scott Mendelson, who covers “box office punditry, marketing analysis, and film criticisms” for Forbes speculated that Guardians could earn as much as $93 million in its opening weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy is already receiving largely positive reviews; the film currently has a certified fresh rating of 92% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 96% from audience members. The site has summarized the positive reviews saying: “Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect — as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.”

Tom Long of Detroit News praised the movie as having “wit, energy and zaniness to spare. It will pop your corn and leave you hungry for more” and Rafer Guzman of Newsday gave the film 3 out of 4 stars saying “Though based on a comics series launched in 1969, “Guardians” comes on with a hip, absurdist humor that feels thoroughly modern.”

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt , Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro. 

Visit the official Guardians of the Galaxy website here for more info and check your local listings to find showtimes in your area!

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“The Giver” in Theaters August 15

The_Giver_15(PCM) One of the most celebrated Young Adult novels of our time has finally made its way to the big screen; Lois Lowry’s The Giver will open in theaters nationwide starting August 15!

The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment.

Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past.

With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most.

At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before.

The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. 

The Giver stars Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), Brenton Thwaites (Oculus), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins), Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), and Taylor Swift (The Lorax).

Watch the trailer for The Giver below and visit the official website here!

The Giver is rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence and opens in theaters nationwide starting August 15, 2014.

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Hurray! “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” Official Teaser Trailer is Finally Here!

The_Hobbit-_The_Battle_of_the_Five_Armies_3(PCM) The much anticipated third installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is still 5 months away, but fans of Middle Earth now have a trailer to tide them over until the December 17th release of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead.

Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Watch the trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies below and visit the official website here for more info!

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