'Guardians of the Galaxy' conquer worldwide box office

AFP Relax News
The performance of "Guardians of the Galaxy" was a rare bright spot in a dismal summer season.

Marvel's intergalactic superhero team claimed the top spot at the worldwide box office for the weekend ending August 3, grossing $160.4 million. Meanwhile, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" crossed the $1 billion threshold in terms of cumulative revenues.

During its opening weekend in 43 territories, "Guardians of the Galaxy" was particularly successful in the US. With $94 million in North America, Star Lord and his friends topped the domestic ranking and achieved the strongest August opening ever in the territory. Marvel's latest production is due for release in additional territories over the coming weeks, which should only reinforce the superheroes' domination.

In second place with $56.2 million, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is now approaching the $500 million mark with its cumulative total of $449 million.

Asian productions occupied third and fourth place. The Chinese fantasy feature "The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom" earned $40 million in six territories, while the South Korean period action movie "Roaring Currents" took in $30 million in its home market alone.

Brett Ratner's "Hercules" ($24.9 million) and Luc Besson's "Lucy" ($23.3 million) were in fifth and sixth places respectively. Finally, in seventh place at the worldwide box office, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" added $21.3 million to its coffers, bringing its cumulative revenues to just over $1 billion. This makes the feature the most lucrative in Michael Bay's franchise as well as the top box office earner of 2014 so far.

The fourth movie on the alien robots still hasn't outdone its predecessors in terms of US revenues, however. With a cumulative total of $241.1 million at the North American box office, "Age of Extinction" lags behind the first three movies, which earned $319.2 million ("Transformers"), $352.3 million ("Dark of the Moon") and $402.1 ("Revenge of the Fallen") during their run in domestic theaters.