Guardians of the Galaxy Owns Weekend Box Office

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Guardians of the Galaxy conquered the box office this weekend, raking in $94 million in the U.S. alone.

Variety reports that the Marvel smash set a domestic record, becoming the highest grossing August debut since The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007 ($69.3 million). With worldwide sales, the movie brought in a total of $160.4 million, nearly matching its $170 million production budget. Guardians handily beat out the other weekend’s debut, the James Brown biopic Get on Up, as well as previous releases Lucy, Hercules and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The seemingly misfit cast playing misfit heroes worked wonders for Marvel and Disney, with funny man Chris Pratt leading the squad. The duo of Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) were fan favorites, but Dave Bautista also gave a vicious, hilarious performance as Drax the Destroyer. Zoe Saldana as Gamora was on her sci-fi A-game as well.

Marvel recently decided to greenlight a sequel to Guardians, and from the looks of things the Josh Brolin-voiced Thanos will certainly get more screen time.

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