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August 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood finally had an “up” week last week with the top 12 films grossing $172. 4 million, a 39.9 percent rise from $123.3 million taken in a year ago when Universal’s 2 Guns opened with $27.1 million and the second week of 20th Century Fox’s The Wolverine sank 60 percent from the prior week to $21.3 million. This weekend’s top film, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened with $94.3 million, more than the top six films earned together during the comparable week a year ago. Universal’s Lucy was a distant second with $18.3 million, a drop of 58.4 percent from 2013. Universal’s James Brown biopic Get On Up came in third with $13.6 million. It beat out the second week of MGM/Paramount’s Hercules that dropped 63.1 percent from its debut with $11 million. Rounding out the top five, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dropped 48.2 percent to $8.7 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Rentrak (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney/Marvel, $94,320,883, (New); 2. Lucy, Universal, $18,252,590, 2 Wks., ($79,539,975); 3. Get On Up, Universal, $13,585,915, (New); 4. Hercules, MGM/Paramount, $11,010,367, 2 Wks., ($52,658,415); 5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox, $8,690,314, 4 Wks., ($189,319,987); 6. Planes: Fire and Rescue, Disney, $6,044,003, 3 Wks., ($47,216,209); 7. The Purge: Anarchy, Universal, $5,853,245, 3 Wks., ($63,264,220); 8. Sex Tape, Sony, $3,522,201, 3 Wks., ($33,880,665); 9. And So It Goes, Castle Rock, $3,261,935, 2 Wks., ($10,390,718); 10. A Most Wanted Man, Roadside Attractions, $3,240,980, 2 Wks., ($6,975,629).