Aug 3 "Guardians of the Galaxy," Walt Disney
Co's offbeat space adventure featuring extraterrestrial
misfits and a talking raccoon, took $94 million in U.S. and
Canadian ticket sales this weekend, setting a record for a film
opening in August.
"Guardians," which stars some of the lesser-known characters
in Disney's Marvel comic book universe, outdid 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 on Sunday.
"Lucy" stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a
"Get On Up," a biography of the soul singer James Brown,
finished third with $14 million during its first weekend in
theaters. Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson last year
in "42," portrays Brown.
"Guardians" stars an ensemble cast that features Chris Pratt
and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic warriors, plus the voices of
Vin Diesel as a humanoid tree and Bradley Cooper as a machine
The quirky take on an action space adventure won rave
reviews from critics and earned social media buzz.
"Lucy" and "Get On Up" were released by Universal Pictures,
a unit of Comcast Corp.
(Reporting By Ronald Grover and Andrea Burzynski; Editing by