Truthfully, who would have called this at the start of the summer? For over the past few days, Marvel and director James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy has become the number one film at the US box office in 2014. It’s now overtaken Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The LEGO Movie to earn that feat, topping the box office in the States once more over the weekend.
The film’s current total stands at $274m in the US, and it’s expected to be the first movie this year to break $300m in America. It’s not hitting to quite the same degree outside of America, bringing in another $273m there, for a combined $547m. Yet these are still sizeable numbers for an off-piste movie in a late summer slot.
The year’s biggest movie globally is Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction, whose take to date is $1.07bn. It should break into the top ten films of all time in the next week or so…
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Comic-Con International has responded to the news that the planned $500 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center appears to be dead, by noting the many factors that go into its planning for the event in San Diego, and hedging when asked what the organization will do with Comic-Con when its agreement with San Diego runs out.
“With regard to the convention center expansion, I can say that any decision to remain in San Diego has always been dependent upon a number of factors, and no one issue could really trump the others,” David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Comic-Con International told ICv2. “As an example, we knew when we agreed to stay in San Diego until 2016 that an expanded convention center wouldn’t be complete. However working with the mayor, city officials, hoteliers and convention center staff allowed us to utilize space outside the convention center facility and mitigate some of those concerns. We now use more ballroom space at area hotels than I think we ever have. And we are still working on other issues that include space, hotel rates and other logistical factors that need to be addressed if we are to remain in San Diego. And I am happy to say we continue to have dialogue with those entities and we will see what the future holds.”
That statement certainly makes it seem like Comic-Con could stay in San Diego without a Convention Center expansion, depending on other factors. As we observed when the news came out, it’s unlikely that any decisions will come quickly.
The biggest comic event of the fall is just around the corner. But first, prepare yourself for Avengers & X-Men: AXIS as the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe set the stage for an epic clash between the Red Skull’s armies and the united front of Avengers & X-Men. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #6 as the ‘March to AXIS’ continues! The creative team of writer Al Ewing and special guest artist Jorge Coelho bring the God of Mischief into the AXIS fold as Loki returns from his adventures in the Tenth Realm to face…Doctor Doom?! With his charge Valeria Richards at his side, he’ll stop at nothing to put an end to the God of Mischief! But why? What does this have to do with the Red Skull’s plot in the pages of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS? Find out as the fan-favorite series returns this September in LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #6!