NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Walt Disney Company (DIS) handed the summer movie box-office a late-season rush over the weekend with its $94 million record-breaking domestic ticket haul for little-known superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy. Worldwide sales topped $160.4 million, well over estimates given the film's focus on a tertiary franchise outside of sure bets such as Marvel's Iron Man.
While Guardians sales aren't included in Disney's third-quarter ended June 30, the success bodes well for healthy growth at the company headed by CEO Bob Iger heading into its earnings report after the close of trading on Tuesday.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters anticipate $2.03 billion, or $1.16 a share, in net income, compared to $1.88 billion, or $1.03 a share, during the same period a year earlier. Revenue estimates of $12.16 billion represent a 5% increase.
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