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Weekend Box Office Report: August 1-3, 2014

Aug. 3, 2014by: Dave Davis

A stellar opening for Guardians of the Galaxy!

Moviegoers were definitely interested in taking a trip to outer space this weekend, rocketing Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to the top of the box office with an estimated $94 million!

The vibrant FX-packed space opera came up just short of the $95 million opening for Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER in April (it went on to $258.9 million), but GUARDIANS got off to a killer start -- it's the second-biggest opening of the summer and an August record, and a remarkable $11.2 million of its total came from Thursday night screenings.

The universe-saving misfits (led by instant A-lister Chris Pratt) also took in an additional $66.4 million from international audiences, although GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY doesn't expand to several key territories (including China) until the next few weeks.

Even with the Marvel brand, some initially considered the project to be risky, due to the obscure characters and lack of crossover with Marvel's more familiar Earth-based cinematic universe. But critics and audiences ate up the Skittles-colored sci-fi adventure from SLITHER director James Gunn, giving it a superb 92% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a straight 'A' CinemaScore (with an 'A+' among younger viewers).

Director Luc Besson's drug-powered LUCY was in second with $18.2 million, a loss of 58% from its opening last week. The R-rated Scarlett Johansson actioner is up to $79.5 million (nearly double its reported $40 million cost) and stands a chance of cracking the $100 million barrier before it's done.

Opening in third was the new James Brown biopic GET ON UP with $14 million. The "Hardest Working Man in Show Business" (played by Chadwick Boseman, who also portrayed Jackie Robinson in biopic 42) faced stiff competition against more traditional summer spectacle, but brought the funk to critics and crowds with 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 'A' CinemaScore.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's HERCULES got chopped down to fourth with $10.7 million, a 64% stumble from last week's opening. It's up to a global total of $108 million, so... at the very least, Brett Ratner's take on the mythical hero is outperforming director Renny Harlin's quickly forgotten January attempt THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, which tapped out with $61.2 million worldwide.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES landed in fifth with another $8.7 million as it climbs toward $200 million domestic (it has suprassed the $176.7 million finish of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) and hits a $447 million worldwide total. After the simian overlords was Disney's PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE in sixth, keeping its wings above THE PURGE: ANARCHY as it slips to seventh.

The R-rated Cameron Diaz/Jason Segel comedy SEX TAPE stayed just ahead of Rob Reiner's elderly romcom AND SO IT GOES (which dropped only 28% from its opening last weekend), while the Philip Seymour Hoffman spy thriller A MOST WANTED MAN added a few hundred screens and held its spot in tenth place with another $3.3 million.

Outside the chart, TAMMY waved goodbye and TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION has descended into the tar pits just as it passes $1 billion globally. In limited release, Richard Linklater's praised BOYHOOD added 200 screens and hung just outside the Top 10 with $2.5 million.

Next weekend brings another splash of colorful comic book heroes as the latest TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES arrive in theaters, along with the tornado thriller INTO THE STORM, Disney's culinary comedy-drama THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, and this year's dance-off STEP UP ALL IN.

What Marvel character (who hasn't already been officially announced) would you most like to see join the Marvel-owned cinematic universe? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Guardians of the Galaxy $94 M
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2. Lucy $18.2 M $79.5 M
3. Get On Up $14 M
NEW
4. Hercules $10.7 M $52.3 M
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8.7 M $189.3 M
6. Planes: Fire and Rescue $6.4 M $47.5 M
7. The Purge: Anarchy $5.5 M $62.9 M
8. Sex Tape $3.5 M $33.9 M
9. And So It Goes $3.3 M $10.4 M
10. A Most Wanted Man $3.3 M $7 M

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7:52AM on 08/04/2014

Not perfect, but still a good time

The most refreshing thing is having a Marvel based movie that isn't too heavy-laden. Lately, it's like they've been pushing "darker themes" to make the movies more serious. It's been done well more often than not, but I'm also relieved to find that James Gunn's ability to mix one part sadness with two parts humor and one part "dramatic levity" can lift the Marvel universe - at least once - to a more upbeat tone.
The most refreshing thing is having a Marvel based movie that isn't too heavy-laden. Lately, it's like they've been pushing "darker themes" to make the movies more serious. It's been done well more often than not, but I'm also relieved to find that James Gunn's ability to mix one part sadness with two parts humor and one part "dramatic levity" can lift the Marvel universe - at least once - to a more upbeat tone.
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11:45PM on 08/03/2014

Great summer fare

I'm realy happy Guardians did so well. It was easily the most fun I've had at the movies this year. I'm a huge marvel movie fan and this might be the one I've liked the most. I've heard a lot of people saying Star Wars meets Indiana Jones for the tone of the movie but throughout I got these flashes of Chronicles of Riddick instead of star wars, Indiana Jones though that totally fits.
After this movie, I could see Chris Pratt getting a lot of nods for the roles that genre fans have been
I'm realy happy Guardians did so well. It was easily the most fun I've had at the movies this year. I'm a huge marvel movie fan and this might be the one I've liked the most. I've heard a lot of people saying Star Wars meets Indiana Jones for the tone of the movie but throughout I got these flashes of Chronicles of Riddick instead of star wars, Indiana Jones though that totally fits.
After this movie, I could see Chris Pratt getting a lot of nods for the roles that genre fans have been wanting for Nathan Fillion for a long time, he has that vibe!
Again, great great fun, and the end of credit scene was a nice wink that fit well with this movie.
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10:30PM on 08/03/2014

Wow!

GOTG was a fantastic movie and great for all ages (we all loved it). I can see this one breaking some records.
GOTG was a fantastic movie and great for all ages (we all loved it). I can see this one breaking some records.
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10:05PM on 08/03/2014
Still amazed and depressed at Transformers ability to make money, seriously a billion? However it is the lowest grossing [link] China...
Still amazed and depressed at Transformers ability to make money, seriously a billion? However it is the lowest grossing [link] China...
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9:50PM on 08/03/2014
Now Star Lord can afford an iPod. Kidding. Glad to see Guardians of the Galaxy doing great.
Now Star Lord can afford an iPod. Kidding. Glad to see Guardians of the Galaxy doing great.
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6:55PM on 08/03/2014
Super chuffed these guys came out #1 at the box office and hope they continue to do well. I know this will sound weird seeing as Marvel Studios is a multi-billion dollar, super-successful entity, but there's a wonderful underdog quality about this film. From the more obscure source material to the maverick director to Chris Pratt's inspirational physical transformation to taking two of the bigger names in your cast and having them voice CGI characters, it just makes me smile knowing that GotG
Super chuffed these guys came out #1 at the box office and hope they continue to do well. I know this will sound weird seeing as Marvel Studios is a multi-billion dollar, super-successful entity, but there's a wonderful underdog quality about this film. From the more obscure source material to the maverick director to Chris Pratt's inspirational physical transformation to taking two of the bigger names in your cast and having them voice CGI characters, it just makes me smile knowing that GotG is a success.
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4:28PM on 08/03/2014

When did joblo turn into a community college creative writing course?

"The vibrant FX-packed space opera" -- what the hell is operatic about this movie? Leave your Star Wars cliches where they belong.

"The universe-saving misfits" -- was this guardians of the universe or guardians of the galaxy?

"Skittles-colored sci-fi adventure" -- fuck, I give up.
"The vibrant FX-packed space opera" -- what the hell is operatic about this movie? Leave your Star Wars cliches where they belong.

"The universe-saving misfits" -- was this guardians of the universe or guardians of the galaxy?

"Skittles-colored sci-fi adventure" -- fuck, I give up.
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4:53PM on 08/03/2014
Class act.

Do you want a croissant with your beret?
Class act.

Do you want a croissant with your beret?
6:52PM on 08/03/2014
The use of the word "opera" in the term "space opera" is comparable to its use in the term "soap opera". Doesn't have any relation to the form of music/theatre.
The use of the word "opera" in the term "space opera" is comparable to its use in the term "soap opera". Doesn't have any relation to the form of music/theatre.
7:17PM on 08/03/2014
Douche
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2:07PM on 08/03/2014
It would be kind of funny now to go back and look at the earlier comments about Guardians by all the naysayers. People were saying that nobody is going to go see a talking Raccoon and lots of other silly words of doom. I can only hope that the naysayers are also wrong when it comes to Fantastic Four.
It would be kind of funny now to go back and look at the earlier comments about Guardians by all the naysayers. People were saying that nobody is going to go see a talking Raccoon and lots of other silly words of doom. I can only hope that the naysayers are also wrong when it comes to Fantastic Four.
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2:43PM on 08/03/2014
In the case of Fantastic Four, hopefully they'll give us something worth rooting for the way GotG did.
In the case of Fantastic Four, hopefully they'll give us something worth rooting for the way GotG did.
4:04PM on 08/03/2014
I predicted a 80 million opening. And Fantastic 4 is just fucking stupid.
I predicted a 80 million opening. And Fantastic 4 is just fucking stupid.
5:25PM on 08/03/2014
Yeah Fantastic Four is lame.
Yeah Fantastic Four is lame.
10:20PM on 08/03/2014
Judging a film you haven't even seen a single image from is not stupid or lame? Guardians have gone through a lot of changes and permutations just like Fantastic Four is doing now. They are both in the hands of auteurs and have a lot of talent aboard. I don't give it as high chances as Guardians but come on, lets wait and see before we damn it.
Judging a film you haven't even seen a single image from is not stupid or lame? Guardians have gone through a lot of changes and permutations just like Fantastic Four is doing now. They are both in the hands of auteurs and have a lot of talent aboard. I don't give it as high chances as Guardians but come on, lets wait and see before we damn it.
1:38PM on 08/03/2014
Guardians of the Galaxy is by far the summer's best film and argurably Marvel's best film yet (I've seen the film three times already and my opinion has been swayed in where it ranks). In my opinion, not only is it an amazing comic book film, it's a great film in general. Just so MANY satisfying payoffs throughout the film. Just terrific.
Guardians of the Galaxy is by far the summer's best film and argurably Marvel's best film yet (I've seen the film three times already and my opinion has been swayed in where it ranks). In my opinion, not only is it an amazing comic book film, it's a great film in general. Just so MANY satisfying payoffs throughout the film. Just terrific.
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4:25PM on 08/03/2014
You say that about everything. And 3 times already? Geez.
You say that about everything. And 3 times already? Geez.
4:25PM on 08/03/2014
You say that about everything. And 3 times already? Geez.
You say that about everything. And 3 times already? Geez.
4:33PM on 08/03/2014
Ya, he says that about everything. Next Friday TMNT will be the summers best film. then the week after that Expendables 3 will be the summers best film. its just a cycle with this guy. He takes the excitement of an opening weekend movie and attributes that excitement to "best movie ever" opinion. Recognize the difference. I have never ever said something was the best movie ever or best of the summer right off the bat.
Ya, he says that about everything. Next Friday TMNT will be the summers best film. then the week after that Expendables 3 will be the summers best film. its just a cycle with this guy. He takes the excitement of an opening weekend movie and attributes that excitement to "best movie ever" opinion. Recognize the difference. I have never ever said something was the best movie ever or best of the summer right off the bat.
9:13PM on 08/03/2014
I give this guy credit where it is due. He may hype everything up to ridiculous levels, but he's most loyal to his man-crushes, his comic-book movies, and the Oscar-bait movies that happen to feature his man-crushes. He's not likely to rave about TMNT or Expendables because they don't have Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Jeremy Renner, Ryan Reynolds, or Joaquin Phoenix, and they aren't directed by P.T. Anderson or David O. Russell.

This movie, on the other hand, had at least one of those
I give this guy credit where it is due. He may hype everything up to ridiculous levels, but he's most loyal to his man-crushes, his comic-book movies, and the Oscar-bait movies that happen to feature his man-crushes. He's not likely to rave about TMNT or Expendables because they don't have Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Jeremy Renner, Ryan Reynolds, or Joaquin Phoenix, and they aren't directed by P.T. Anderson or David O. Russell.

This movie, on the other hand, had at least one of those things going for it.
1:37PM on 08/03/2014
My favorite of the Phase 2 Marvel movies by far. Am considering seeing it again, partly because I want to see it IMAX 3D glory and so I could catch all the dialogue I missed out on due to the audience laughter and crappy sound system.
My favorite of the Phase 2 Marvel movies by far. Am considering seeing it again, partly because I want to see it IMAX 3D glory and so I could catch all the dialogue I missed out on due to the audience laughter and crappy sound system.
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