Everyone called Guardians of the Galaxy the riskiest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They hired cult favorite filmmaker James Gunn, a man who has zero big budget experience to helm the movie about characters that almost no one outside of comic book fans had ever heard of. Then, last month things started to change. People started showing excitement about the new Marvel movie and critics who had seen it ahead of time were gushing about it.

Guardians of the Galaxy finished its opening weekend box office with a stellar 92-percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. It also made an astonishing $94 million at the box office, which destroyed the previous high August opening (Bourne Ultimatum made $69.3 million seven years ago). The total was only $1 million less than Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s opening weekend and beat out Thor: The Dark World ($85.7). The riskiest Marvel movie to date might be one of their most successful.

In its second weekend, Lucy remained high in second place with $18.2 million, a 58.4 percent drop. Get on Up, the James Brown biopic was the other big weekend box office opening, and finished third with $14.0 million.

Here’s the complete weekend box office breakdown:

Weekend Box Office

Position Title Weekend Total
1 Guardians of the Galaxy $94.0M $94.0M
2 Lucy $18.2 $79.5
3 Get On Up $14.0 $14.0
4 Hercules $10.7 $52.3
5 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8.7 $189.3
6 Planes: Fire & Rescue $6.4 $47.5
7 The Purge: Anarchy $5.5 $62.9
8 Sex Tape $3.5 $33.9
9 And So It Goes $3.3 $10.4
10 A Most Wanted Man $3.4 $7.05

 

Weekend box office estimates courtesy of Box Office Mojo

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  1. Christopher John Adkins August 4, 2014 at 2:40 am

    I’m happy that James Gunn made this movie.Anyone who’s seen Tromeo and Juliet can attest to his talent.Talent doesn’t need big budget experience to be successful.

  2. Shawn S. Lealos August 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I agree completely. He has never failed to entertain me, and I follow him everywhere (even to his shorts, like PG Porn)