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Guardians of the Galaxy jets into the top spot in the UK

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guardians-galaxy-walkingSuperhero film Guardians of the Galaxy has dethroned Dawn of the Plant of the Apes’ two week reign at the top spot by bringing in £6,363,110 on its opening weekend.

This makes the film one of Marvel’s biggest ever original openings, beating Iron Man (£5.6m), Thor (£5.46m), Captain America: The First Avenger (£3.3m) and X-Men (£4.8m) and has become the biggest  August opening of all time in the US, taking $94m (£56.7m) in its first weekend. The previous record was held by The Bourne Ultimatum with $69.2m (£41.7m).

In addition to these achievements, Guardians of the Galaxy gained the third largest opening of 2014, coming behind the £56.4m of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April and the £59.4m launch of Transformers: Age Of Extinction in June.

With an ensemble cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro, Peter Quill (Pratt) forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are on the run after stealing a coveted orb. The film was received positively by critics with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stating, “Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect–as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendour.”

The studio announced at Comic-Con in San Diego last month that a sequel is already set for release in 2017.

Falling to second is science fiction film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which brought in another £2,967,278 on its third weekend bringing its total in the UK to £23,444,365. The film is the second of the latest Planet of the Apes franchise, following the growing and genetically evolving apes, as they find themselves at a critical point with the human race.

Rising to third place, from last week’s fourth, is fantasy How to Train Your Dragon 2 which on its sixth week has made £1,096,888 bringing its gross to £17,634,729 in the UK.

Second week, and falling two places to fourth is action adventure Hercules which pulled in £901,151 last weekend. Starring Dwayne Johnson, it is one of two Hollywood studio Hercules films to be released this year, the other of which being Summit Entertainment’s The Legend of Hercules. The plot revolves around Hercules, the Greek demigod, finding his sword-for-hire life is out to the test when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his help in defeating a tyrannical warlord. So far the film has grossed £3,657,781.

Falling fast down the charts is horror The Purge: Anarchy making £811,444 bringing it to fifth place. The film stars Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, and Michael K. Williams, with Edwin Hodge reprising his role of Dwayne from the first movie – in which the plot centres on one day a year that all crime is legal. On its second weekend in the UK grossed £3,101,005.

Brand new on the charts sees computer-animated heist-comedy The Nut Job hit the charts at a modest sixth place with £666,966 on its opening weekend. Starring the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl, it follows a self-serving exiled squirrel who finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang’s bank robbery. The Nut Job has been been received negatively by critics with Peter Debruge of Variety saying “The Nut Job comes up short compared with a film like Ratatouille, which, despite its less-than-adorable rodents, won audiences over through appealing voicework and writing.”

A sequel, titled The Nut Job 2, is scheduled to be released on January 15, 2016.

The latest venture from the Secret Cinema Company, an immersive themed experience of Back to the Future has gained £538,159 over three days from just a single site.

Straight down to eighth place is action Transformers: Age of Extinction which has claimed £455,725 last weekend and after four weeks has totalled £18,653,075.

A disappointing new entry in ninth place with American 3D dance film Step Up 5: All In which brought in £391,192 on its opening weekend. The film is the fifth installment in the Step Up film series and features all the stars from the previous Step Up instalments, who come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers. Receiving negative reviews, Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian states, “This one follows the heroes of the last movie, Step Up 4, a punchy entertainment set in Miami. Now they are following their dreams in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, by – guess what? – entering a reality TV competition. This really doesn’t have the fun or the zip of that earlier Miami adventure. The dialogue is even more tired and, crucially, the dance sequences themselves are looking less fresh this time around.”

And ending the top ten is American science fiction film Earth to Echo, falling from sixth place, after making £378,522. The film, which is shot in found footage format, follows a group of kids after they receive a series of encrypted messages and decide to embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.  After two weeks on the charts the film has made £1,698,348.

Next week expect the exciting release of comedy The Inbetweeners 2, drama God’s Pocket, and computer animated Planes: Fire and Rescue.

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