Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” annihilated box office competition with an impressive $94 million opening weekend, setting a new record. The James Gunn directed film is now the highest grossing debut for an August release. “The Bourne Ultimatum” previously held the record with a $69.3 million open in 2007.
Chris Pratt leads “Guardians of the Galaxy” as his character, Peter Quill, becomes hunted down and thrown into an inter-galactic prison after stealing a mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan. In order to escape, Quill must join forces with a team of alien bandits and attempt to save the galaxy from Ronan’s deadly plans. Pratt stars alongside Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista. The exciting Sci-Fi has a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language.
After owning the top spot last week, “Lucy” slipped to second place adding $18.2 million to its $79.6 million domestic totals during its second week in theaters. Scarlett Johansson shows off her acting chops as Lucy, a woman caught in a dark deal. When a super drug implanted in her stomach leaks into her system, Lucy expands her brain capacity, accessing super-intelligence. “Lucy” has an R rating for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality.
Newcomer “Get on Up” was the third most watched movie of the weekend, earning $14 million during its debut. The interesting biography stars Chadwick Boseman as James Brown, the legendary musician. The film chronicles Brown’s inspirational rise out of poverty as he became one of the most influential artists in history. “Get on Up” has a PG-13 rating for sexual content, drug use, some strong language and violent situations.
Dwayne Johnson’s latest flick, “Hercules” finished its second week in fourth place adding $10.7 million to its $52.3 million domestic earnings. Johnson flexes as the powerful son of Zeus and is forced to evaluate his blood thirsty reputation when he’s hired to train an army to take down tyrannical warlord. The action/adventure has a PG-13 rating for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity.
Rounding out the top five is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” garnering $8.7 million on top of the film’s massive $189.3 domestic revenue. The genetically evolving apes collide with vengeful humans as the two races seek to co-exist. The franchise’s latest installment has a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language.