Box-Office Milestone: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Crosses $500 Million Globally

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Director James Gunn is already plotting a sequel for summer 2017

Notching another victory, Marvel Studios and Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office Tuesday, only days after becoming the top film of the summer in North America.

Through Monday, the quirky superhero tentpole has earned $500.5 million, including $255.2 million domestically and $245.3 million internationally, where it has several key markets yet to open, including China, Japan, Germany and Italy.

And in the next few days, Guardians will eclipse Warner Bros. family hit The Lego Movie ($257.7 million) and fellow Marvel title Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.8 million) to become the top-grossing film of 2014 to date in North America.

Worldwide, Paramount and Michael Bay's Age of Extinction remains the year's leader by far, with a global gross of $1.065 billion. Guardians ranks No. 10, just behind Godzilla ($508 million), which it will soon overtake.

From director James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy has pulled off the biggest box-office surprise of the year. Heading into summer, no one predicted that the movie would emerge the victor in North America. Opening Aug. 1, Guardians, praised for its originality, amazed with a record domestic debut and continued to impress from there.

Featuring a ragtag group of unlikely galactic heroes, Guardians stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace and Bradley Cooper, who voices the role of Rocket Raccoon. Vin Diesel, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro also star.

Guardians wasn't a cheap proposition and cost $170 million to produce. Marvel and Disney have already announced plans for a July 28, 2017 sequel, with Gunn returning to direct.