Top 10 movies and the weekend box office (08/03/14)Loading
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.

    The out-of-this-world launch gives "Guardians" the biggest opening for a film released in the traditionally low-key month of August, a record previously held by the $69.2 million debut of 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum." It also makes "Guardians" the third largest opening of 2014, coming behind the $95 million inauguration of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in April and the $100 million launch of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" in June.

    "Guardians," which also features Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing the computer-generated characters Rocket Raccoon and Groot, was originally considered a risky proposition for Marvel and "Guardians" distributor Walt Disney Co. because it features more obscure characters from the Marvel universe and is set almost entirely in outer space.

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    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

    Text by The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times

  • Guardians Of The Galaxy
    1. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $94 million ($66.4 million international).

    Marvel Studios' cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista as members of an intergalactic band of rebels earned $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Ahead of its Friday debut, box office analysts initially projected that the comic book adaptation would earn between $60 million and $75 million in North America.

    Jay Maidment
  • Lucy
    2. "Lucy," $18.3 million ($5.1 million international).

    In a distant second place at the North American box office, "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with mind-bending powers, nabbed $18.3 million in its second weekend, bringing the Universal Pictures release's domestic total to $80 million.

  • Get On Up
    3. "Get on Up," $14 million.

    Universal's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" featuring Chadwick Boseman as the soulful singer opened in third place this week with $14 million.

    With strong notices for Chadwick Boseman's performance as Brown, even if reviewers didn't entirely care for the movie overall, the film could gain momentum on through awards season and cross over to broader audiences. The late-summer release date was similar to director Tate Taylor's previous film, the hit "The Help."

    D Stevens
    4. "Hercules," $10.7 million ($14.2 million international).

    Paramount Pictures' "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner, came in No. 4 for the weekend with an estimated $10.7 million, bringing its cumulative total to almost $53 million in its second week of release.

    Photo credit: Kerry Brown | Kerry Brown
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    5. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," $8.7 million ($47.5 million international).

    Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" brought in an estimated $8.7 million in its fourth week to raise its take so far to an estimated $189.3 million.

    6. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," $6.4 million ($3.5 million international).

    What this Disney animated feature lacks in the naming department, it makes up for with fluid visuals and fast-moving action of the, yes, firefighting variety. This week, "Planes" fell one spot and landed at No. 6, earning $6.4 million.

    PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE | Disney
  • The Purge: Anarchy
    7. "The Purge: Anarchy," $5.5 million ($8.1 million international).

    "The Purge: Anarchy" is a good deal bloodier, but also - gulp - a good deal better than its predecessor. Make no mistake, a good "Purge" does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it takes itself, and its menace, more seriously. By building a marginally better "Anarchy," no doubt we're in for another purge next year.

  • 1138130 - SEX TAPE
    8. "Sex Tape," $3.5 million ($4.2 million international).

    Jason Segel, like co-star Cameron Diaz, a very appealing actor, dressed or not. Worse still, given all the skin its stars show, never has sex been less sexy, though it is nonstop and all over the place. Is "Sex Tape" funny? Occasionally. But super sexy? Nope.

    Claire Folger
  • And So It Goes
    9. "And So It Goes," $3.3 million ($650,000 international).

    A willfully obnoxious realtor wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire, until his estranged son suddenly drops off a 9-year-old granddaughter he never knew existed. With Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton and Sterling Jerins. Written by Mark Andrus. Directed by Rob Reiner.

  • A Most Wanted Man
    10. "A Most Wanted Man," $3.3 million ($30,000 international).

    German and U.S. intelligence agents take notice when a brutally tortured half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe.

    Kerry Brown
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