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‘Guardians’ rules the galaxy in theaters; ‘Ninja Turtles’ opens Friday

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Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ blasted to the top of the domestic weekend box office, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday.

The superhero film set in outer space grossed $94.3 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday. ‘Guardians’ destroyed the record for the best debut in August, previously held by ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ which opened with $69.3 million in 2007.

Last weekend’s No. 1 movie, ‘Lucy,' slipped to No. 2 in its second weekend, earning $18.2 million for a total of $79.5 million since opening July 25.

James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up’ debuted at No. 3 with $13.5 million.

‘Hercules,’ starring Dwayne Johnson, dropped two spots to No. 4 in its second weekend, earning $11 million for a total of $52.6 million since opening July 25.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ fell two spots to No. 5 in its fourth weekend, earning $8.6 million for a total of $189.3 million since opening July 11.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ starring Megan Fox, is a 3D remake of the comic-cartoon heroes who work with a fearless reporter to save New York City from the villainous Shredder and his evil clan. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

‘Step Up: All In’ is the fifth installment of the romantic dance drama franchise. In ‘All In,’ all-stars from previous ‘Step Up’ films journey to Las Vegas to battle for a career-defining victory. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

‘Into the Storm’ is an action thriller about the storm trackers, thrill-seekers and everyday people who document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down and ravaging the town of Silverton. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey,’ starring Helen Mirren, is a dramedy about the proprietress of a celebrated French restaurant who clashes with a competing eatery owned by a displaced family from India. Rated PG. Watch the official trailer here.

TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES

Divergent’ is the dystopian action romance based on the best-selling Veronica Roth novel about a world divided by factions based on virtues and a girl named Tris who doesn’t fit any faction, also called a Divergent. When Tris discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, she joins a mysterious group to find out why they’re considered such a dangerous threat. Only 41 percent of reviews were positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘opens its planned trilogy in a disappointingly predictable fashion.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

‘God’s Not Dead’ is a religious drama about a Christian student who challenges his college philosophy professor’s curriculum. Only 17 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes. Rated PG. Watch the official trailer here.

‘Need for Speed’ is an action crime drama about a street racer on a mission to avenge a friend’s death by participating in a cross-country race. Only 22 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film features ‘stock characters and a preposterous plot.’ Loosely based on the video games. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

‘Oculus’ is a supernatural horror film about a woman who tries to destroy a haunted mirror she blames for the death of her parents. A solid 74 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film features ‘an emphasis on dread over gore.' Rated R. Watch the official trailer here.

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