Stellar box office debut for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 04 2014 03:51 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2014 01:26 AM

Rocket in a scene from 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

(UPDATED) "Guardians of the Galaxy," the Marvel comics superhero flick, stormed the top of the North American box office, taking in $94 million over the weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

With an ensemble cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Chris Pratt, "Guardians" bested last week's number one earner, sci-fi thriller "Lucy," which sank to second place with a weekend gross of nearly $18.3 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"Get on Up," also in its first weekend out, piled up $14 million, putting the biopic about the life of US soul singer James Brown in third place.

In fourth place with weekend results of $10.7 million was "Hercules," starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, dropping two places from last week, while No. 5 was "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a critically praised sequel that pits apes against humans in a collapsed civilization.

In the Philippines, “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened at No. 1 nationwide with a gross of P104 million in just four days (July 31 to August 3). This was announced Monday by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, which distributed the film.

Capitalizing on solid reviews and positive word-of-mouth, "Guardians" built on its P15.94-million opening day gross July 31 to achieve the sixth-biggest opening of the year, making it ahead of recent blockbusters “Godzilla” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

The space adventure of quirky, unique heroes including Drax (played by Filipino-American Dave Bautista) also now holds the record for all-time fifth-biggest opening weekend for a Disney/Marvel title in the country.

SM Mall of Asia generated the biggest opening receipts with P5.3 million, followed by SM North EDSA with P5.22 million and SM Megamall, P4.9 million. -- With report from Agence France-Presse