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Stellar box office debut for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

WASHINGTON-- "Guardians of the Galaxy," the Marvel comics superhero flick, stormed the top of the box office, taking in US$94 million over the weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

With an ensemble cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Chris Pratt, "Guardians" bested last week's number one earner, sci-fi thriller "Lucy," which sank to second place with a weekend gross of nearly US$18.3 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"Get on Up," also in its first weekend out, piled up US$14 million, putting the biopic about the life of U.S. soul singer James Brown in third place.

In fourth place with weekend results of US$10.7 million was "Hercules," starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. It dropped two places from last week.

Number five was "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a critically praised sequel that pits apes against humans in a collapsed civilization. It drew US$8.7 million in its fourth weekend in theaters.

Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue," the computer-animated movie about a talking plane that helps firefighters save a national park, made US$6.4 million, leaving it in sixth place.

Horror flick "The Purge: Anarchy," meanwhile, dropped two notches to seventh place with a weekend box office total of US$5.5 million.

"Sex Tape," a comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as parents frantic to keep their sex tape off the Internet, was number eight, pulling in US$3.5 million.

Not far behind in ninth with US$3.3 million in receipts was "And So It Goes," a romantic comedy with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

"A Most Wanted Man," a spy thriller with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last performances, held to 10th place in its second week in theaters, earning US$3.3 million.

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