LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Marvel's latest superhero film " Guardians Of The Galaxy" was the master of this weekend North America box office, becoming the biggest debut on record for an August movie.
"Guardians Of The Galaxy" debuted with an estimated 94 million U.S. dollars, according to studio estimates from Rentrak.
Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, "Guardians Of The Galaxy" easily set a new opening record for the month of August, previously held by "The Bourne Ultimatum", which debuted with 69 million dollars in 2007.
Also "Guardians of the Galaxy" delivered the third largest opening weekend performance of 2014 to date, behind only " Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "Captain America: The Winter Solider". 3D grosses represented 45 percent of the film's overall gross this weekend.
The 3D sci-fi superhero film earned 92 percent of positive critics from Rotten Tomatoes, and first-night moviegoers gave it a collective A, according to online pollsters CinemaScore.
Universal's "Lucy" slid to in a distant second this weekend with an estimated 18.3 million dollars. The sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend.
"Lucy" earned nicely with a ten-day start of 79.6 million dollars. Universal's "Get on Up", the James brown, opened in third with an estimated 14 million dollars.
It got 77 percent of positive critics from Rotten Tomatoes and a collective A on CinemaScore.
Rounding out the 10 most popular films in North America this weekend were "Hercules" (10.7 million dollars), "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" (8.7 million), "Planes: Fire and Rescue" (6.4 million), "The Purge: Anarchy" (5.6 million), "Sex Tape" (3.6 million), "And So It Goes" (3.3 million) and "A Most Wanted Man" (3.3 million).