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Stellar box office debut for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy'

WASHINGTON (AFP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy," the latest Marvel superhero flick, stormed the North American box office over the weekend, taking in a whopping $94.3 million, industry figures showed Monday.
   
With an ensemble cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Chris Pratt, "Guardians" easily bested last week's number one earner, sci-fi thriller "Lucy," which sank to second place with a weekend gross of nearly $18.3 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
   
"Get On Up," a biopic about US soul singer James Brown, debuted in third place with nearly $14 million in ticket sales.
   
In fourth place at $11 million was big-budget action film "Hercules," starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. It dropped two places from last week.
   
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the critically praised latest installment in the sci-fi film series about apes co-existing with humans, drew $8.7 million for fifth place.
   
Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue," the computer-animated movie about a talking plane that helps firefighters save a national park, made $6 million, leaving it in sixth place.
   
Horror sequel "The Purge: Anarchy," meanwhile, dropped to seventh place at $5.9 million.