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By Steven Byrd

Thank you for joining me on the for the August 3 edition of Box Office Bulletin.


Top 10 Movies of the Week

Opening up huge this week was Marvel's Guardian's of the Galaxy. Bringing in $94 million proves that Marvel's decision to bring one of it's least known comic book groups to the big screen. Besides being a huge hit Guardian's smash several record this weekend. The biggest surprise is the fact that Guardian's not only broke the box office record of August, it obliterated it. 2007's Bourne Ultimatum was the previous record holder with $63.3 million. Outside of Iron Man this was Marvel's Largest opening weekend for a debut film. Thor and Captain America: The First Avengers opened to $65.7 million and $65.1 million respectively.

With great critic reviews (92% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences gave it an A CinemaScore Guardian's should have a pretty long stay at number one.The film added $66.4 million in forty-two overseas markets for a total worldwide first weekend of $160.4 million. The budget was $170 million.

Dropping to second place this week was Scarlett Johansson's Lucy. Bringing in $18.3 million, Lucy continues to prove Scarlett's star-power. Now with a grand total $79.6 million on a budget of $40 Lucy will be more that profitable and one step closer to a Black Widow movie.

Get On Up, the James Brown biopic debuted at number 3 this week. While bringing in a solid $14 it still has a long way to go to make back it's budget of $30 million. But with an A CinemaScore it should no problem making it budget even before DVD sales happen.

Taking a big hit this week dropping 2 spot to number 4 this week was Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules. Taking a 64% drop Hercules brought in $10.7 million. In two weeks it has brought in $52.3 million domestically and $108.8 million worldwide. With several territories left to open in the film be able to be profitable. The budget was $100 million.

Slipping two spot to as well to #5 was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Making a modest $8.7 million, PotA has now hit $189.3 million domestically and $447.5 million worldwide. The budget was $170 million.

Rounding out the top 10 are:
6. Planes: Fire & Rescue - $6.4 million ($47.6 million total)
7. The Purge: Anarchy - $5.6 million ($63 million total)
8. Sex Tape - $3.6 million ($33.9 million total)
9. And So It Goes - $3.3 million ($10.5 million total)
10. A Most Wanted Man - $3.3 million ($7.1 million total)

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Guardians of the Galaxy - $94 million ($94 million total)
2. Lucy - $18.3 million ($79.6 million total)
3. Get On Up - $14 million ($14 million total)
4. Hercules - $10.7 million ($52.3 million total)
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - $8.7 million ($189.3 million total)
6. Planes: Fire & Rescue - $6.4 million ($47.6 million total)
7. The Purge: Anarchy - $5.6 million ($63 million total)
8. Sex Tape - $3.6 million ($33.9 million total)
9. And So It Goes - $3.3 million ($10.5 million total)
10. A Most Wanted Man - $3.3 million ($7.1 million total)

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