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'Guardians of the Galaxy' blasts Disney to a $1B U.S. box office

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Guardians Of The Galaxy

Following last weekend’s record-breaking debut of Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney hit the $1 billion mark for domestic box-office returns this week.

The boost lifts the studio to second in domestic market share, beating out Warner Bros. but still trailing 20th Century Fox, which has had a banner year with X-Men: Days of Future PastThe Fault in Our Stars, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

This is the ninth consecutive year that Disney has passed the $1 billion threshold in domestic returns. On Aug. 4, the studio passed $2B internationally, marking its fifth consecutive year to do so and the fastest it has broken that sum to date.

Aside from the $219.3 million global total of Guardians to date, Disney’s earnings have come primarily from Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($713.6 million), Maleficent ($727.9 million), and Frozen (which earned at total of $1.27 billion worldwide, much of that this year).