Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy blasted past expectations at the weekend box office, earning record numbers.
The film, which stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as members of an intergalactic band of rebels, earned $94 million in its debut weekend although it was originally projected to earn earn between $60 million and $75 million.
Guardians had the biggest opening for an August film, a record previously held by 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which earned $69.2 million when it was release. It also had the third largest opening of 2014, coming behind the $95 million brought in by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the $100 million launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The film also features Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing the computer-generated characters Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Next up from Marvel is The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd — both are due in 2015.
At #2 is last weekend’s top film, Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, with $18.2 million. Despite horrid reviews, the film has earned nearly $80 million in two weekends.
Universal’s James Brown biopic, Get on Up featuring Chadwick Boseman, opened at #3 with $14 million; Hercules lands at #4 with $10.7 million; and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes closes out the top 5 with $8.7 million.
That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the 2014 reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the drama The Hundred-Foot Journey, the Warner Bros. thriller Into The Storm and the music drama Steup Up: All In.
This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:
1. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” $94 million.
2. “Lucy,” $18.3 million.
3. “Get on Up,” $14 million.
4. “Hercules,” $10.7 million.
5. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” $8.7 million.
6. “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” $6.4 million.
7. “The Purge: Anarchy,” $5.5 million.
8. “Sex Tape,” $3.5 million.
9. “And So It Goes,” $3.3 million.
10. “A Most Wanted Man,” $3.3 million.