Stellar box office debut for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Stellar box office debut for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
(From left) It's up to Gamora (Saldana), Star-Lord (Pratt), Rocket (Cooper), Drax (Bautista) and Groot (Diesel) save the universe from a genocidal maniac, in Gunn's heartwarming space opera, Guardians Of The Galaxy.

"Guardians of the Galaxy," the latest Marvel superhero flick, stormed the North American box office over the weekend, taking in a whopping $118 million, industry figures showed Monday.

With an ensemble cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Chris Pratt, "Guardians" easily bested last week's number one earner, sci-fi thriller "Lucy," which sank to second place with a weekend gross of nearly $22 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"Get On Up," a biopic about US soul singer James Brown, debuted in third place with nearly $17 million in ticket sales.

In fourth place at $13 million was big-budget action film "Hercules," starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. It dropped two places from last week.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the critically praised latest instalment in the sci-fi film series about apes co-existing with humans, drew $10 million for fifth place.

Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue," the computer-animated movie about a talking plane that helps firefighters save a national park, made $6 million, leaving it in sixth place.

Horror sequel "The Purge: Anarchy," meanwhile, dropped to seventh place at $7 million.

"Sex Tape," a comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as parents frantic to keep their sex tape off the Internet, was number eight, pulling in $4.3 million.

Not far behind in ninth with $4.1 million in receipts was "And So It Goes," a romantic comedy starring Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

"A Most Wanted Man," a spy thriller with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last performances, held to 10th place in its second week in theatres, earning $4 million.

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