It’s good to be a Guardian. Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy blew away August records cashing in $94 million at the domestic box office and more than $160 million worldwide. The film also skewed over 25 and had high appeal for female moveigoers. BoxOfficeMojo reports that exit polling shows 44% of audiences were female, the biggest share ever for a Marvel film. The site also reports that 55% of the audience was over the age of 25.
The other wide release was the James Brown biopic, Get On Up. The film starring 42‘s Chadwick Boseman came in third with a $14 million opening behind the Scarlett Johansson sci-fi flick Lucy which came in second with $18.3 million.
Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules plummeted 64% to fourth place with $10.7 million and has earned $52.3 million to date. Rounding out the top five was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $8.7 million. The Matt Reeves directed sequel has now grossed $189.3 million domestically and is closing in on $500 million worldwide.
New releases coming up this week include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the disaster flick Into The Storm, Disney’s The Hundred-Foot Journey and the latest Step Up film, Step Up All In. All eyes will be on Turtles which has been at the center of fanboy scorn since the project was announced. Then again, a similar response was given to Transformers: Age of Extinction and yet that sequel has gone on to gross more than $1 billion worldwide. Shame on you, world.