Moviegoers were hooked on a feeling this weekend, as Marvel once again dominated the box office in 2014.
In at number 1 is Guardians of the Galaxy (read our review) with a record-setting $94 million opening. The Marvel Studios film now holds the record for highest August opening, ahead of The Bourne Ultimatum ($69.3M), and is the third highest opening for 2014 behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95M) and Transformers 4 ($100M)
Internationally, Guardians of the Galaxy raked in $66 million in some 42 international markets, making it the top release around the globe. Thus far, the film has grossed $160 million worldwide.
While earlier this year many were wondering whether Guardians of the Galaxy might be Marvel’s first disappointing release, clearly those concerns were unfounded. It might be Marvel’s riskiest box office bet to date, but smart marketing on the studio’s part helped this film not just exceed expectations, but blow them out of the water.
Obviously, the film still has a ways to go if it wants to reach the heights of Captain America 2 or Iron Man 3, but for now Guardians has staked its claim in the rotating Marvel movie stable. The film’s success also makes the recent announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 seem like a no-brainer.
Coming in at a distant second is Lucy with $18.2 million. Luc Besson’s sci-fi, pseudo action flick dropped almost 59% from last week but it’s still doing decent business, all things considered. After two weeks, the film is already up to $79 million.
The James Brown biopic Get On Up (read our review) is the number 3 film with $14 million. Featuring Chadwick Boseman as the legendary funk singer, Get On Up tried its hand at a little counter-programming, but unfortunately the film didn’t make much of a splash. That being said, strong reviews for the film could help Get On Up to a deep run. We’ll have to wait and see.
The number 4 film this weekend is Hercules with $10.7 million. Now at $52 million, the good news is this Dwayne Johnson-led film has nearly tripled the total gross of The Legend of Hercules, the other 2014 film centered on the literary figure. The bad news is the film will likely not make back its entire $100 million production budget.
Rounding out the top 5 is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $8.7 million. At $189 million domestic thus far, Dawn is currently the eighth highest-grossing film of 2014 and climbing. Add to that a $447 million worldwide gross, and it’s safe to say the Apes will rise again.
In at number 6 is Planes: Fire & Rescue $6.4 million. Disney Animation’s latest did not fare too well at the box office, grossing only $47 million so far, but it should eclipse its $50 million production budget.
The number 7 film is The Purge: Anarchy with $5.5 million, which brings its domestic total up to $62 million. Despite opening with a lower total than its predecessor, The Purge 2 is on pace to surpass the first film’s final gross of $64M. Even more impressive, the sequel only cost $9 million to make.
Coming at number 8 is Sex Tape with $3.5 million. Not much to say here, as this Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz comedy failed to make even the slightest of dents on the box office. So far, the film has grossed only $33 million.
The Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas dramedy And So It Goes is the number 9 film with $3.33 million. The film is holding fairly well in limited release and has grossed $10 million so far.
Rounding out the top 10 is A Most Wanted Man with $3.32 million. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last completed film actually saw an uptick from last weekend in both theater count and weekend gross. The film has made $7 million over the past two weeks.
Outside the top 10: Transformers: Age of Extinction dropped from number 7 all the way to number 12, grossing only $2.2 million this past weekend. Now at $241 million, it’s safe to say the film won’t take the top spot on the domestic list. However, Transformers 4 is still going strong on the worldwide front, having just recently passed the $1 billion mark and staking a claim as the 18th highest grossing film (worldwide) of all time.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 28th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo