NORTH AMERICA: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Claims Second Best 6-Day Haul of 2014 with $126.8M

Disney reports that Guardians of the Galaxy added $8.8 million on Wednesday for a 26 percent day-to-day drop. That represents the best first Wednesday gross by any film in 2014, topping Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s $7.7 million. Through 6 days, Marvel’s Guardians has amassed $126.76 million domestically–47 percent ahead of the pace of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as 12 percent ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier through the same respective points. After an opening weekend just 6 percent below the fourth Transformers, Guardians is now a mere 1.5 percent off its pace.

Get On Up took in $0.95 million yesterday, off 29 percent from Tuesday, to give it $17.1 million through its first 6 days. The James Brown biopic trails 42 and Lee Daniels’ The Butler by 52 percent and 48 percent, respectively, through the same point in release.

Lucy took third place on Wednesday with $1.9 million, down 49 percent from the same day last week. The Scarlett Johansson flick has earned a strong $86.3 million through 13 days of release, 10 percent more than 2010’s Salt through the same point.

Hercules claimed fourth yesterday with $1.16 million, representing a 56 percent week-to-week drop. Through 13 days, the pic has totaled $56.9 million domestically–10 percent behind Wrath of the Titans through the same point.

Rounding out the top five, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes slipped 49 percent from last Wednesday to $0.94 million yesterday. The sequel’s total through 27 days is $192.7 million, or 27 percent more than its 2011 predecessor claimed through the same period.