August is usually the lame second cousin of the summer blockbuster season. All the really major entries get released in May through July. Maybe Buena Vista was a little hesitant about how well received Guardians of the Galaxy would be when they chose to launch it in August, but the comic blockbuster saw a massive opening, shattering the current August opening record.

At $94 million, the debut is only the third highest opening of the year so far (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million and Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million) but it topped the previous August record of $69 million set by The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007.

James Brown biopic Get On Up opened under Guardian's huge shadow, settling in at number three with $14 million. That's a modest debut compared to the similar Ray Charles bio flick Ray which opened a decade ago in October but still managed a $20 million opening weekend.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

1.
Guardians of the Galaxy * $94,000,000 Total: $94,000,000 LW: N
THTRS: 4,080
2.
Lucy $18,283,000 Total: $79,571,000 LW: 1
THTRS: 3,202
3.
Get On Up * $14,031,000 Total: $14,031,000 LW: N
THTRS: 2,468
4.
Hercules (2014) $10,700,000 Total: $52,348,000 LW: 2
THTRS: 3,595
5.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8,700,000 Total: $189,330,000 LW: 3
THTRS: 3,283
6.
Planes: Fire & Rescue $6,424,000 Total: $47,596,000 LW: 5
THTRS: 3,241
7.
The Purge: Anarchy $5,551,000 Total: $62,962,000 LW: 4
THTRS: 2,656
8.
Sex Tape $3,550,000 Total: $33,908,000 LW: 6
THTRS: 2,500
9.
And So It Goes $3,344,000 Total: $10,473,000 LW: 8
THTRS: 1,816
10.
A Most Wanted Man $3,324,000 Total: $7,059,000 LW: 10
THTRS: 729

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