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Box Office: ‘Guardians’ blows audiences and critics away

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It’s August, all of the summer blockbusters have already been released by now, right? Wrong. This was a very successful weekend for theaters, thanks to the major hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The only film that opened this weekend (with a much quieter premier) is “Get On Up.” On Monday, the Box Office updated their charts to feature the top 10 movies of the weekend. What movie did you watch this weekend?

“Guardians of the Galaxy” opened to an estimated $94 million. That is huge for a non-sequel. It is the third biggest opening of the year so far. Ahead of it are “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” just by a million more with $95 million, and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” with $100 million. “Guardians of the Galaxy” stands at $160.4 million, if you add their worldwide total.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” was made on a reported budget of $170 million. Entertainment Weekly says, “[It] was a $170 million gamble for Marvel that featured unfamiliar characters and an untested lead actor.” It looks like Marvel won this gamble, by a lot.

The musical James Brown biopic “Get On Up” sang a quiet tune with just $14 million, settling for third place. The second spot went to Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” with $18 million. Below is the complete top 10 chart with the weekend estimates from Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3.

  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 and 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. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” $2.2 million
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