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'Guardians of the Galaxy' saves the summer box office with a $94M opening

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Every single weekend, studios wait in anticipation to see impressive numbers at the box office and every weekend, I cannot help but think about Arthur Abbott and his wise words from from "The Holiday" (2006). While I cannot find the exact quote, I can remember him stating that box office success did not dictate the success of whether a film was deemed successful or not. This is not so much the case now, which makes a lot of people yearn for the days of old Hollywood once more. The days where a movie could have a longer run and build up success by word of mouth. People miss the days as Arthur states where the box office results were not reported like "like baseball scores on the nightly news." Despite this, we all eagerly await the results each and every weekend.

The box office results for the the weekend of Aug. 1, 2014 through Aug. 3, 2014 are the following:

  1. "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014); Weekend Gross: $94.3M; Overall Gross: $94.3M; Weeks: 1
  2. "Lucy" (2014); Weekend Gross: $18.3M; Overall Gross: $79.5M; Weeks: 2
  3. "Get on Up" (2014); Weekend Gross: $13.6M; Overall Gross: $13.6M; Weeks: 1
  4. "Hercules" (2014); Weekend Gross: $11M; Overall Gross: $52.7M; Weeks: 2
  5. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014); Weekend Gross: $8.7M; Overall Gross: $189M; Weeks: 4
  6. "Planes: Fire & Rescue" (2014); Weekend Gross: $6M; Overall Gross: $47.2M; Weeks: 3
  7. "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014); Weekend Gross: $5.9M; Overall Gross: $63.3M; Weeks: 3
  8. "Sex Tape" (2014); Weekend Gross: $3.5M; Overall Gross: $33.9M; Weeks: 3
  9. "And So It Goes" (2014); Weekend Gross: $3.3M; Overall Gross: $10.4M; Weeks: 2
  10. "A Most Wanted Man" (2014); Weekend Gross: $3.2M; Overall Gross: $7M; Weeks: 2

For a more extensive look at this weekend's box office, please click here.

At this time last year, the box office results were the following:

  1. "2 Guns"(2013); Weekend Gross: $27.1M; Overall Gross: $27.1M; Weeks: 1
  2. "The Wolverine" (2013); Weekend Gross: $21.3M; Overall Gross: $94.6M; Weeks: 2
  3. "The Smurfs 2" (2013); Weekend Gross: $17.5M; Overall Gross: $27.1M; Weeks: 1
  4. "The Conjuring" (2013); Weekend Gross: $13M; Overall Gross: $108M; Weeks: 3
  5. "Despicable Me 2" (2013); Weekend Gross: $10.1M; Overall Gross: $326M; Weeks: 5
  6. "Grown Ups 2" (2013); Weekend Gross: $7.95M; Overall Gross: $116M; Weeks: 4
  7. "Turbo" (2013); Weekend Gross: $6.23M; Overall Gross: $69.3M; Weeks: 3
  8. "Red 2" (2013); Weekend Gross: $5.56M; Overall Gross: $45.1M; Weeks: 3
  9. "The Heat" (2013); Weekend Gross: $4.62M; Overall Gross: $149M Weeks: 6
  10. "Pacific Rim" (2013); Weekend Gross: $4.49M; Overall Gross: $92.9M; Weeks: 4

To continue comparing box office statistics from last year to this year, please click here.

For those interested in viewing any of the aforementioned features in theaters, in Austell, the safe bets are always Carmike Cinemas Movies 14 and Regal Stadium 22 in Austell.

If you are interested in renting any of the films mentioned from last year, make sure to check out the titles through Videodrome, Netflix, or movie channels based upon your cable or satellite provider.

To purchase any Blu-rays or DVDs mentioned in this article please check out your local Austell Movie Stop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or Kmart.

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