NORTH AMERICA: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Continues to Sizzle with $117.95M in Five Days

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to light the box office on fire on Tuesday with $11.91 million. The 3D sci-fi superhero film from Disney and Marvel increased a slim 2 percent over Monday’s performance. That represented the day’s poorest percentage hold among wide releases, which was quite understandable given the size of the film’s daily grosses. Guardians of the Galaxy continues to exceed expectations with a very strong $117.95 million in its first five days of release. Thanks in part to stronger midweek summer grosses, Guardians of the Galaxy is now running an impressive 9 percent ahead of the $108.22 million five-day start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year.

Universal’s Lucy held steady in a distant second with $2.58 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was up a respectable 11 percent over Monday, but still down 53 percent from last Tuesday. Lucy has grossed a stronger than expected $84.44 million in twelve days. That places the film 11 percent ahead of the $76.36 million twelve-day take of 2010’s Salt.

Hercules took in $1.63 million to remain in third place. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was up 15 percent over Monday and down a sharp 57 percent from last Tuesday. Hercules continues to outpace its relatively modest pre-release expectations with $55.71 million in twelve days. However, the film also continues to display signs of significant front-loading.

Universal’s Get on Up claimed fourth place with $1.33 million. The James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman increased a modest 7 percent over Monday. Get on Up has grossed a softer than expected $16.16 million in five days and isn’t showcasing the most promising daily percentage holds thus far. With that in mind, the film’s hold this upcoming weekend will be especially important.

Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rounded out the day’s unchanged top five with $1.29 million. The 3D sci-fi action sequel was up 12 percent over Monday and down 49 percent from last Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to exceed expectations with a 26-day take of $191.75 million. That leaves the film just $8.25 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.