Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has earned the No. 1 spot for the fourth non-consecutive weekend. The sci-fi/comedy epic now becomes the fourth film in the last 10 years to do so, following The Dark Knight, Avatar, and The Hunger Games.
This past weekend, the film earned $10.2 million, bringing its total domestic earnings to $294.6 million. That gives it the distinction of being the highest-grossing film ever for the month of August, beating out The Sixth Sense from 1997.
Impressive as the film’s run may be, its success comes during a particularly unimpressive period for the entirety of the movie business. Guardians’ record-breaking weekend occurred amidst the industry’s lowest grossing weekend in over two years, as the top 12 films only managed to bring in a “paltry” $51.9 million. As HitFix points out, “Though early September is traditionally slow, this weekend’s underwhelming total is part of a larger trend that saw Hollywood coming off the weakest summer in nearly a decade.”
Meanwhile, Guardians’ soundtrack has had a similarly record-breaking run. Comprised of songs from the mixtape of protagonist Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), it’s the first soundtrack featuring all previously released material to ever top the Billboard 200. (It spent three weeks at No. 1 before slipping to its current slot of No. 4.) In the five weeks since its release, the OST has already sold well over 250,000 copies; in fact, from July 29th to August 10th, it moved an impressive 169,000 copies.
Below, enjoy a full stream of the film’s soundtrack.