Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Soars to $94M

The Marvel sci-fi comedy Guardians of the Galaxy has blown away expectations with a $94 million domestic weekend gross. Guardians set a new opening record for August – the previous winner was 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum with $69.3 million. The movie that was a $170 million gamble for Marvel also received the widest release ever for August with more than 4,000 theaters showing the pic.

The Marvel and Disney tentpole that featured an untested lead actor, Parks and Rec fav Chris Pratt, performed well overseas, and brought in another $66.4 million internationally. It turns out that Marvel can open any film they want and get a opening weekend of $80m+.

The weekend’s other new release, the James Brown biopic Get On Up, opened just slightly above tracking and earned an estimated $14 million, coming in at third place.

Fellow Universal title Lucy drop 58 percent for a solid No.2 on its second Friday, totaling $18.2 million for a pleasing domestic $79.6 million.

Paramount’s Hercules was slayed by Lucy for the second weekend in a row, earning $10.7m in fourth place.The Dwayne Johnson vehicle is going to need big numbers overseas to make up for $100 million budget.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rounded out the top five. The sequel could finish the weekend with $8.7 million, a 49% drop.

Next weekend sees the release of the Warner Bros. found-footage disaster film Into the Storm, Lionsgate drops the fifth Step Up All In, Paramount gives us the period-piece romantic drama Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Disney releases the Helen Mirren foodie drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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All U.S. movie box-office figures provided by Box-Office Mojo.

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