Magazine article Screen International

Guardians Tops UK Chart on $10.7M

Magazine article Screen International

Guardians Tops UK Chart on $10.7M

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Disney's latest Marvel outing scores $10.7m (£6.35m) debut to dethrone Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Secret Cinema's Back to the Future event grosses $1.2m (£720,000) over first four shows.

Marvel Studios' riskiest outing to date Guardians of the Galaxy has echoed its domestic success by landing top of the UK box office on debut.

Disney's latest Marvel outing scored an excellent $10.7m (£6.35m) debut, including $2.3m (£1.37m) in previews, from its 550 sites. It's worth noting that its Fri-Sun tally of $8.4m (£4.98m) would have also seen it land the top spot.

In terms of Marvel Studios outings in the UK, Guardians posted the fifth biggest debut and the biggest for a non-sequel, ahead of Iron Man's $9.2m (£5.5m) bow from 500 sites.

The last two Marvel outings - Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier - capped at just above and just below £20m, and Guardians could be set to topple both of those, thanks to the strong start and terrific word of mouth.

The arrival (and subsequent impact) of The Inbetweeners 2 this Wednesday [Aug 6] could be key to a lengthy run for Guardians.

Also for Disney, Planes 2: Fire and Rescue flew into 40 sites in Scotland and took $94,000 (£56,000) ahead of its nationwide release this Friday [Aug 8].FO

xShaping up to be one of the year's biggest successes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fell a slim 19% in its third weekend for an additional $5m (£3m).

Fox's sequel is now up to a mighty $39.5m (£23.4m) and, as expected, has surpassed Rise of the Planet of the Apes' $35m (£20.77m) final UK result. It is currently the year's fourth highest grosser behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which it will overtake very shortly.

Also for Fox and repeating the feat of DOTPOTA, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has soared above its predecessor thanks to a 29% boost in its sixth weekend. The animated sequel took a further $1.8m (£1.1m) to fly to $29.7m (£17.6m), topping Dragon's $29.3m (£17.4m) UK tally.PARAMOUNT

Falling two places to fourth was Paramount's Hercules which added $1.5m (£900,000) and has muscled its way to $6.1m (£3.65m) after ten days in play. It should surpass Brett Ratner's last UK outing, Tower Heist, which grossed $7.8m (£4.6m), but is unlikely to challenge Rush Hour's $11.9m (£7.1m), the lowest grosser of the trilogy.

Also for Paramount, Transformers: Age of Extinction has reached $31.4m (£18.65m) following a $757,000 (£450,000) fourth weekend. Barring a late surge, it now seems set to be the weakest performer of the Transformers series in the UK. …

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