Marvel's 'Guardians' rockets to $94 million domestic debut
(Reuters) - "Guardians of the Galaxy," Walt Disney Co's offbeat space adventure featuring extraterrestrial misfits and a talking raccoon, made $94 million in ticket sales this weekend, setting a record for an August film opening.
The film's strong beginning, however, isn't likely to jumpstart a lackluster summer box office season.
The 3D movie, which stars lesser-known characters in Disney's Marvel comic book universe, added $66.4 million from international markets, for a global debut of $160.4 million, Disney said on Sunday.
"Guardians" outgunned last weekend's leader, the science-fiction thriller "Lucy" that collected another $18.3 million in sales at domestic theaters, according to estimates from Rentrak.
"Lucy" stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain.
"Get On Up," a biography of the soul singer James Brown, was third with $14 million in its first weekend in theaters.
"Guardians" stars an ensemble cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt. After positive reviews, the film was the year's biggest Thursday night opening with $11.2 million in sales starting with 7 p.m. shows.
Even before the film's opening, Walt Disney said it was planning a sequel for release in July 2017.
Head of distribution for Walt Disney Studios Dave Hollis attributed the strong performance of "Guardians" to a combination of momentum started by "Transformers: Age of Extinction" in June, skillful marketing, and strong reviews. Continued...