#BOXOFFICE: “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” INDESTRUCTIBLE AT THE BOX OFFICE
There was no stopping GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY from achieving its ultimate destiny of being a smash success for Marvel. The Blockbuster demolishes the competition with a stunning $94 million in its debut from 4,080 theatres. Audiences and Critics alike have raves for the Action-Fantasy Comic Adaptations starring Chris Pratt, garnering an A CinemaScore and 92% on the Tomatometer. This opening makes it the third highest ever for a Superhero Franchise behind Spider-Man and Iron-Man.
Lucy in its second week still is going strong for Universal Pictures. After debuting on-top last weekend, it slips to second spot with $15 million, nearing the $80-million mark domestically.
Opening in third is James Brown Biopic, Get on Up for Universal Pictures also. The Musical-Drama opens with $14.7 million from 2,468 theatres. Reviews for the Film are strong with 72% on the Tomatometer and also an A CinemaScore from Audiences. Keep a tab on star Chadwick Boseman who starred in last year’s Jackie Robinson Biopic 42.
Hercules slips to fourth spot with $10.6 million in its second week out for Paramount Pictures, just surpassing the $50-million mark.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a former Champ, finds itself in fifth spot this weekend with $8.4 million in its fourth week out.
A Most Wanted Man is comfortably in its bubbling-under status for eOne Films and RSA Films with $3.1 million grossed. In two weeks, it has made $6.5 million across North America from 729 theatres.
Rounding things out is And So It Goes with $3 million earned this weekend in its second week for VVS Films/Clarius.
#BOXOFFICE: “LUCY” EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS WITH BIG OPENING
After enamouring Moviegoers with a slickly-cut Trailer earlier this year, it is no surprise Lucy finds itself atop the Box Office this weekend with $45 million from 3,173 theatres, exceeding Studio expectations for Universal Pictures. Audiences didn’t quite get this latest offering from French Director Luc Besson, giving it a C+ CinemaScore. Critics were on the fence also with a 56% score on the Tomatometer. The divide aside, one thing’s for sure – Scarlett Johansson‘s certainly got it.
Hercules debuts in second spot for Paramount Pictures, with $28.5 million from 3,595 theatres. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson it its titular role, the Action-Fantasy drew positive response from Critics overall with a 65% CinemaScore and a B+ CinemaScore shouldn’t hurt word-of-mouth, yet also not help much either.
After two weeks on-top Dawn of the Planet of the Apes slips to third spot with $16.2 million for 20th Century Fox, pushing its earnings domestically past the $175 million-mark.
In its second week, The Purge: Anarchy slips to fourth spot with $10.3 million for Universal Pictures, a two-week tally of $52 million for the Sequel in the Horror Franchise.
And So It Goes debuts in eighth spot for Clarius/VVS Films with $4 million from 1,762 theatres. Critics absolutely hammered on the Rom-Com starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, giving it a 15% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences were a lot more forgiving with a B+ CinemaScore.
Rounding out the Top Ten is 22 Jump Street with $2.5 million in its seventh week, just surpassing $185 million domestically for Sony Pictures.