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August 1, 2014 will feature a box office showdown between Guardians of the Galaxy and Fifty Shades of Grey

06.27.2013

Now this is some serious counter-programming. Focus Features announced today that they will be premiering the big screen version of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY on August 1, 2014. That date sounds familiar because it has also been the long ago announced opening for Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY recently gained a director in NOWHERE BOY's Sam Taylor-Johnson and is being written by Kelly Marcel (SAVING MR. BANKS). No cast has been announced yet for the mommy-porn masterpiece, but since the film will not require too much pre-production or special effects, there is plenty of time to have the movie ready for the end of next summer. It is entirely possible that the cast has already been found and announcements are pending.

August does not always hold the best crop of movie releases, but with a big Marvel film and the phenomenon that is FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, this could be a major box office showdown. Much like TWILIGHT, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has a fervent fan-base that could take away a lot of opening weekend money and buzz from what many consider Marvel's riskiest movie to date. I am pretty confident that the Schmoes reading this are going to be attending the Marvel movie over FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, but you never know. Depending on who gets cast in the erotic film and whether or not it gets an NC-17, GUARDIANS may be in trouble.

So, which are you going to see?

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2:37AM on 06/28/2013
What's a Fifty Shades Of Grey!?
But seriously, I have never heard of that.
What's a Fifty Shades Of Grey!?
But seriously, I have never heard of that.
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11:32PM on 06/27/2013
"Fifty Sahdes of Guardians of the Galaxy" - Now that I want to see.
"Fifty Sahdes of Guardians of the Galaxy" - Now that I want to see.
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10:57PM on 06/27/2013
"You did WHAT with that raccoon?!?"
"You did WHAT with that raccoon?!?"
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10:10PM on 06/27/2013
Shades will probably win, it's pretty much another Twilight and there are lots of sad cat ladies out there.
Shades will probably win, it's pretty much another Twilight and there are lots of sad cat ladies out there.
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8:03PM on 06/27/2013

3 Ways us men can deal with this

"Oh darling, I'd much rather see 50 shades of grey with you than GOTG" ... that guy is getting laid

"Oh darling, I ain't watching 50 shades of shit, i'm seeing GOTG".. that guy going to see and awesome movie, but won't be getting laid anytime soon.

"Oh darling, i'd much rather see 50 shades of grey with you than GOTG" then sneaking off to watch GOTG during toilet breaks... that guy going to get laid and see a kick ass movie.
"Oh darling, I'd much rather see 50 shades of grey with you than GOTG" ... that guy is getting laid

"Oh darling, I ain't watching 50 shades of shit, i'm seeing GOTG".. that guy going to see and awesome movie, but won't be getting laid anytime soon.

"Oh darling, i'd much rather see 50 shades of grey with you than GOTG" then sneaking off to watch GOTG during toilet breaks... that guy going to get laid and see a kick ass movie.
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7:16PM on 06/27/2013
I'm breaking up with my girlfriend that weekend.
I'm breaking up with my girlfriend that weekend.
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6:56PM on 06/27/2013
Probably depends on the cast. GotG doesn't have any big names in it, which won't help the movie. If 50 shades gets a good cast, especially some famous male eye-candy for the ladies (Channing Tatum?), it'll probably win. If they cast a pretty-boy unknown actor, than it will probably lose to GotG.
Probably depends on the cast. GotG doesn't have any big names in it, which won't help the movie. If 50 shades gets a good cast, especially some famous male eye-candy for the ladies (Channing Tatum?), it'll probably win. If they cast a pretty-boy unknown actor, than it will probably lose to GotG.
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9:55PM on 06/27/2013
Sure GotG doesn't have the lady-boner factor, but to say there are no big names in it is a MASSIVE understatement.
Sure GotG doesn't have the lady-boner factor, but to say there are no big names in it is a MASSIVE understatement.
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5:30PM on 06/27/2013
To be honest I cannot wait to read the fanboys complaints about 50 Shades. I'm sure they are gonna be like "the movie sucked because it was so not like the book! She came way harder than that."
To be honest I cannot wait to read the fanboys complaints about 50 Shades. I'm sure they are gonna be like "the movie sucked because it was so not like the book! She came way harder than that."
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5:08PM on 06/27/2013
I think it will be sort-of like The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia, but just a tad bit closer. If you were to look at that weekend Dark Knight made around 158 million and Mamma Mia made around 27 million. However by the end of its run Mamma Mia finished its boxoffice total at 144 million domestically and 609 million collectively. Now I do not think GotG will make as much as Dark Knight (I think opening weekend for the 2014 films will be a tad bit closer then these two 2008 films) but I think these
I think it will be sort-of like The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia, but just a tad bit closer. If you were to look at that weekend Dark Knight made around 158 million and Mamma Mia made around 27 million. However by the end of its run Mamma Mia finished its boxoffice total at 144 million domestically and 609 million collectively. Now I do not think GotG will make as much as Dark Knight (I think opening weekend for the 2014 films will be a tad bit closer then these two 2008 films) but I think these two movies will follow this similar pattern.
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4:48PM on 06/27/2013

Fuck.

The theaters are going to be super-packed that weekend. GOTG is a risky movie when it comes to mass audience appeal but it's one that I am in full support of. The marketing team behind it will need to do everything in it's power to prep audiences and build up anticipation for this film. I WANT Guardians of the Galaxy to dominate the box office next summer but Fifty Shades of Grey already has a huge built-in audience. Moms and their teenage daughters will most definitely be lined up for that no
The theaters are going to be super-packed that weekend. GOTG is a risky movie when it comes to mass audience appeal but it's one that I am in full support of. The marketing team behind it will need to do everything in it's power to prep audiences and build up anticipation for this film. I WANT Guardians of the Galaxy to dominate the box office next summer but Fifty Shades of Grey already has a huge built-in audience. Moms and their teenage daughters will most definitely be lined up for that no matter what the rating is. Hopefully a release date shuffle will occur and FSOG will find a home on another weekend.
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4:36PM on 06/27/2013
Tough choice, but 50 shades edges out only because guardians will hurt your chances with the ladies. 50 shades, however, could very well help...
Tough choice, but 50 shades edges out only because guardians will hurt your chances with the ladies. 50 shades, however, could very well help...
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4:03PM on 06/27/2013
Ugh, scene at the movie theater will be like when the Sex and the City movie opened the same week as Indiana Jones 4.

That'll be a rough weekend to be a boyfriend.
Ugh, scene at the movie theater will be like when the Sex and the City movie opened the same week as Indiana Jones 4.

That'll be a rough weekend to be a boyfriend.
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4:51PM on 06/27/2013
*shudder*

I remember that weekend. We lost a lot of good men out there.
*shudder*

I remember that weekend. We lost a lot of good men out there.
3:54PM on 06/27/2013

Guardians Of The Galaxy = victor.

Want to know an efficient way to kill your movie franchise? Put it up against any Marvel Studios movie. Simple. Marvel's last two movies (The Avengers and Iron Man 3) both grossed over a billion dollars at the box office. Marvel is a movie machine now. 50 Shades doesn't stand much of a chance because the film is guaranteed to be rated-R. You can't make 50 Shades without nudity or anything. Guardians will be PG-13, so children and teenagers can go see the film. This is bad marketing on Focus'
Want to know an efficient way to kill your movie franchise? Put it up against any Marvel Studios movie. Simple. Marvel's last two movies (The Avengers and Iron Man 3) both grossed over a billion dollars at the box office. Marvel is a movie machine now. 50 Shades doesn't stand much of a chance because the film is guaranteed to be rated-R. You can't make 50 Shades without nudity or anything. Guardians will be PG-13, so children and teenagers can go see the film. This is bad marketing on Focus' part. Why would you put your big rated-R franchise up against a PG-13 film that is going to make at least half a billion dollars in the first place?

This is an automatic win for Marvel.
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4:55PM on 06/27/2013
You do have some valid points but I believe it will be a closer battle than you think. Guardians of the Galaxy will need to get audiences familiar with it long before it arrives in theaters next summer whereas Fifty Shades of Grey is already a household name. I am in full support of Marvel and GOTG but the news of the these two movies releasing on the same day makes me more nervous than a cat covering up shit.
You do have some valid points but I believe it will be a closer battle than you think. Guardians of the Galaxy will need to get audiences familiar with it long before it arrives in theaters next summer whereas Fifty Shades of Grey is already a household name. I am in full support of Marvel and GOTG but the news of the these two movies releasing on the same day makes me more nervous than a cat covering up shit.
5:15PM on 06/27/2013
but Avengers and Iron Man are the two biggest franchises Marvel has. let's see how your statement holds up after Thor 2
but Avengers and Iron Man are the two biggest franchises Marvel has. let's see how your statement holds up after Thor 2
12:10AM on 06/28/2013
After the amount of people that saw The Avengers and the money that it made, you can expect that all Marvel franchises are going to see increases in total gross. Iron Man 3 is a perfect example. It made nearly $500 million more than Iron Man 2 did, and this is post-Avengers.
After the amount of people that saw The Avengers and the money that it made, you can expect that all Marvel franchises are going to see increases in total gross. Iron Man 3 is a perfect example. It made nearly $500 million more than Iron Man 2 did, and this is post-Avengers.
3:21PM on 06/27/2013
Raccoon vs. Beaver
Raccoon vs. Beaver
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3:17PM on 06/27/2013
So you basically got a movie based on a comic that the fanboys pretend to have read so they can act like they are in the know going up against a movie based on a book they claim they didn't read so nobody would think that they are weird. That is just funny to me.
So you basically got a movie based on a comic that the fanboys pretend to have read so they can act like they are in the know going up against a movie based on a book they claim they didn't read so nobody would think that they are weird. That is just funny to me.
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3:15PM on 06/27/2013
Raccoon vs. Beaver
Raccoon vs. Beaver
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3:31PM on 06/27/2013
Nice.
Nice.
4:40PM on 06/27/2013
i see what you did there
i see what you did there
3:08PM on 06/27/2013
It's a win for families all around, let mommy see her porn & daddy & kids can watch Guardians
It's a win for families all around, let mommy see her porn & daddy & kids can watch Guardians
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3:07PM on 06/27/2013
So its porn Twilight fan fiction vs an unknown Marvel comic. Sorry Marvel.
So its porn Twilight fan fiction vs an unknown Marvel comic. Sorry Marvel.
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3:06PM on 06/27/2013
Husbands and kids will go to the Guardians, while the mommies slip into 50 Shades.
Good deal, for everyone.
Husbands and kids will go to the Guardians, while the mommies slip into 50 Shades.
Good deal, for everyone.
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2:59PM on 06/27/2013

I'll be seeing Guardians, but...

50 Shades is going to win the box office for sure. That booked is basically burned into modern pop-culture and has a built-in audience of millions of horny housewives. Better get some drip pans under those theater seats.
50 Shades is going to win the box office for sure. That booked is basically burned into modern pop-culture and has a built-in audience of millions of horny housewives. Better get some drip pans under those theater seats.
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2:59PM on 06/27/2013

50

horny, sex deprived, cougars of course....betters my chances of getting laid.
horny, sex deprived, cougars of course....betters my chances of getting laid.
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2:58PM on 06/27/2013

50

horny, sex deprived, cougars of course....betters my chances of getting laid.
horny, sex deprived, cougars of course....betters my chances of getting laid.
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