Guardians Tops Weekend Box-Office (Updated)

Sunday AM
The numbers are in and “Guardians” indeed cracked the $90 million barrier with the studio estimating a weekend haul of $94 million, the second best opening of the season behind only “Transformers”.

Its per screen average of $23,039 was also the biggest of the weekend box-office by far, though Jon Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” did superbly in limited release with an $18,200 per screen average on four screens.

“Get on Up” came in third with $14 million, sandwiched between “Lucy” and “Hercules” which recovered from Friday but still ended up dropping 58% and 64% respectively.

Saturday AM
Weekend estimates for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” continue to be revised upwards following extremely healthy showings.

It began with Thursday night’s $11.2 million Thursday night preview haul, the year’s best so far. Another $26.6 million was added to the film’s coffers on Friday, giving it a grand total of $37.8 million for its ‘opening day’ haul (previous night previews are included in such measurements).

That puts it ahead of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with $35.5 million and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with $36.9 million, but behind “Godzilla” with $38.4 million and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” with $41.9 million. It is now being suggested a potential weekend haul in the mid $90 million range.

Whilst ‘Guardians’ soars, everything else isn’t so great. James Brown biopic “Get On Up” took in a modest $5 million on Friday. “Lucy” and “Hercules” plummeted drastically with Friday drop-offs of 68% and 72% respectively.

Further estimates are due out tomorrow morning.