Marvel's latest venture into the theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy opened up overnight and pulled in $11.2 million making it the highest overnight opening in 2014. It opened in 4,080 theaters and beat out its fellow studio feature Captain America: The Winter Soldier which made 10.2 million when it debuted overnight in April.
According to deadline, the movie is tracking extremely well with children and initial estimates are being raised. Captain America took in $95 million and now it looks like Guardians may take in $40 million tonight and $80 to $90 million for the weekend. This is up substantially over the original $60 to $65 estimate that was being used earlier in the week.
$1.9 million of last nights take came from the 354 IMAX screens which makes it the biggest pre-release (overnight) opening for an August IMAX film ever and puts it behind only Iron Man 3 for IMAX pre-releases for Marvel Studios.