‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ is the top US box office performer of 2014 so far

But overall summer box office takings down almost 15 per cent on last year

Guardians Of The Galaxy is America’s highest grossing film at the box office so far this year with $280m (£168m) taken.

However, box office takings for the traditionally buoyant summer season (May 2 to September 1) are down 14.7 per cent compared to 2013.

Deadline reports that analysts expect Disney’s Marvel Comics adventure to easily pass the $300m (£180m) mark.

However, in July alone American box office receipts were down 30 per cent with 2014 likely to be the first time in eight years box office revenues fail to pass the $4 billion mark.

Last summer Steven Spielberg predicted a Hollywood “meltdown” and criticised studios for relying too heavily on comic book franchise films.

Recent flops include The Expendables 3 and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Neither film looks likely to recoup its budget via domestic box office receipts.

Guardians Of The Galaxy took almost £5m at the UK box office during its opening weekend. The film follows a machine gun-toting raccoon called Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a Vin Diesel-voiced tree whose catchphrase is “I am Groot”, WWE wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and their leader, self-proclaimed “dude” Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), as they try to save the universe.

Director James Gunn’s film soundtrack features David Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’, 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ and ‘Cherry Bomb’ by The Runaways with the soundtrack available from Universal Music.

A sequel to the Marvel Comics adaptation has been announced for summer 2017.

Watch the trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy below.