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‘Guardians’ Sets August Opening Record


‘Guardians’ Sets August Opening Record

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy proved itself ruler of the box office universe with the biggest August release opening ever, by quite a stretch. The comic-book adaptation directed by James Gunn raked in an estimated $94 million, blowing away the month’s previous record-holding opening The Bourne Ultimatum, which took in $69.3 million back in 2007. Guardians‘ opening weekend success holds up to Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (opened April 4, opening weekend take $95m) and bested Thor: The Dark World (November 2013, $85.7m). The film centered on the quirky super hero team, relatively unknown to non-comic-fan moviegoers, may be on track to become the highest-grossing movie of the season according to boxofficemojo.

Last week’s topper Lucy, an original action flick starring Scarlett Johansson, fell 58% to number 2 ($18.3m), and the brand new James Brown biopic Get On Up opened at number 3 ($14m). Dwayne Johnson’s mythic actioner Hercules took an Olympic blow to number 4 with $10.7m, a 64% plummet. CG simian spectacle Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fell 48% to round up the top 5 (and push Planes: Fire & Rescue out since last week) with $8.7m — since its release July 11 the sequel has taken in almost $190m domestically.

Guardians also topped international intakes, opening in 42 territories — including Russia ($13m), U.K. ($10.8m), Mexico ($6.5m), Brazil ($5.4m) and South Korea ($4.7,) — for a total of $66.4m. The intergalactic super hero adventure has yet to open in other major markets, leaving it wide open for further success. Dawn took in an additional $47.5m oversees, DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned $20m from 36 markets, and Transformers: Age of Extinction joined the $1 billion club thanks to a cumulative overseas total of $763.8m.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy


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