Guardians of the Galaxy dominated the box office universe this weekend with a $94 million debut. Marvel's new franchise became the top-grossing August release of all time. The film, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and others, also drew huge numbers overseas with $66.4 million, for a global opening of $160.4 million.
Second place went to Scarlett Johansson's and Morgan Freeman's Lucy, which earned $18.2 million for a domestic total of $79.6 million so far. Taking the third spot was the James Brown biopic Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the funk legend, which opened to a less-than-stellar $14 million. While the film was not a flop, it didn't come close to The Butler's $24 million opening last August, nor director Tate Taylor's last film, The Help, which debuted in August 2012 to $26 million.
It will be interesting to see how this will affect the career of Boseman, who has earned mostly positive reviews for his portrayal of Brown. According to the Hollywood Reporter, while filming Get on Up, the actor was offered the chance to play Sam Cooke, Richard Pryor and Muhammad Ali, but turned down the chance to do yet another biopic.
Rounding out the top five were Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s epic film Hercules, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which brought in $10.7 million and $8.7 million, respectively.
Next week, Teenage Music Ninja Turtles will take on Guardians of the Galaxy for first place, while Step Up All In and global warming disaster movie Into the Storm will rely on counter-programming to break into the top three.
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