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Guardians of the Galaxy is the new King of the US box office after becoming the biggest ever debut release for August.

The latest instalment in the Marvel cinematic universe had been considered by many as the studios biggest gamble to date, but is now proving to be one of its most popular assets, and one that already has audiences crying out for a sequel.

The film, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel as a motley crew of petty thieves and murderers drew in big numbers Stateside and took in a staggering $94.3 million. Couple that with a foreign total of $66.4 million, and the film is already sitting pretty at over $160 million.

The Bourne Ultimatum had previously held the record for an August release, and took $69.3 million in its opening weekend. Bear in mind that The Bourne Ultimatum was the third film in a very successful franchise & featured some major star power in Matt Damon, and you begin to realise how impressive these numbers are.

Guardians even managed to surpass another two major franchises that were released this year in the forms of X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Another film that has done impressive business is Lucy. The action film stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman transformed beyond normal human functioning after her boyfriend gives her a mysterious new drug. Lucy fell one spot to second, and took in another $18 million which takes the films domestic total to an impressive $79.5 million.

The James Brown biopic, Get On Up, debuted at number three with $13.5 million. Despite the somewhat low numbers, Get On Up has received favourable reviews from critics and should still be on course to hit the $50 million mark.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson's Hercules fell two places to fourth and managed to pull in a little over $11 million. The Brett Ratner directed film is sitting at $52.6 million domestically and will likely fail to hit its $100 million budget.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes completed this weeks top five and earned another $8.6 million in the films fourth week of release, taking its domestic total to $189.3 million.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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