The big risk Marvel and Disney decided to take has paid off. While the Avengers are established super heroes, the Guardians are anything but (granted a foul mouthed raccoon is box office gold). Sneakily becoming a leading man, Chris Pratt leads his rag tag group to save, well, the galaxy. I mean come on, Dave Bautista is in it for pete’s sake. But the kids seem to love it. And don’t get me wrong I’m a big fan of Chris Pratt, even before he got jacked. He’s been one of the strongest parts of Parks and Recreation. ‘Guardians’ takes the August debut record at $94 million, blowing away the previous owner, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ that bowed in at $69.3 million.
By the way, there was another film released this weekend, ‘Get On Up’. The James Brown biopic stars Chadwick Boseman and came in at #3 with a soft $14 million. But costing just $30 million to make, it should have no problem recouping its budget. This week’s #2 was Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’. The Scarlett Johannsen actioner dropped precipitously from its financial perch at #1 last week. Bringing in almost $44 million in it’s opening weekend, ‘Lucy’ was most likely impacted by bad word of mouth. And don’t get me started on the 100% brain capacity usage…
Hercules took a hit as well. Dropping 63% from last week. It appears Dwayne Johnson’s search for a career making franchise continues. A film better than its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes keeps chugging along at #5. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out in the theaters while you still can.
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