Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Tops Global Chart; 'Dragon 2' Big in China

2:29 PM PST 08/17/2014 by Pamela McClintock

'The Expendables 3' fails to make much noise, losing to 'Guardians' in Russia

Disney and Marvel Studios' offbeat superhero tentpole Guardians of the Galaxy zoomed past the $400 million mark in its third weekend of play at the global box office, including an early domestic gross of $222.3 million. At this pace, it is set to surpass Transformers: Age of Extinction ($243.3 million) and become the summer's top earner in North America.

Guardians topped the weekend global chart, followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and How to Train Your Dragon 2, which won the weekend internationally thanks to a $25.9 million debut in China. The sequel's opening in China was eight times bigger than 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

The Expendables 3 struggled to make much noise, both domestically and internationally, although it has yet to roll out in numerous markets. In Russia, the threequel opened to only $3.8 million, compared to $8 million for the last entry in the action franchise. Expendables 3 placed No. 3 in Russia behind holdover Guardians, which took in $5.1 million.

Period epic The Admiral: Roaring Currents and Pirates both continued to prosper in South Korea, with Admiral hitting $110 million.

Below are the top 10 films at the global box office for the weekend of Aug. 15 through Aug. 17, according to Rentrak.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney/Marvel, 66 territories, week 3)

Global weekend: $57.8 million (total: $418.7 million)

International: $33.1 million ($196.4 million)

Domestic: $24.7 million ($222.3 million)

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount/Nickelodeon, 29 territories, week 2)

Global weekend: $54 million (total: $185.1 million)

International: $25.6 million ($67.5 million)

Domestic: $28.4 million ($117.6 million)

3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox/DreamWorks Animation, 43 territories, week 7)

Global weekend: $38.3 million (total: $537.2 million)

International: $37.7 million ($366 million)

Domestic: $555K  ($171.2 million)

4. The Expendables 3 (Millennium/Lionsgate/various, 22 territories, week 1)

Global weekend: $31.2 million 

International: $15 million

Domestic: $16.2 million 

5. Lucy (Universal/EuropaCorp/various, 21 territory, week 4)

Global weekend: $27.3 million (total: $168.5 million)

International: $22 million ($61 million)

Domestic: $5.3 million ($107.5 million)

6. The Admiral: Roaring Currents (CJ, 26 territories, week 3)

Global weekend: $20 million ($110 million)

International: $20 million ($110 million)

7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Fox, 52 territories, week 6)

Global weekend: $18.4 million (total: $538.8 million)

International: $16.5 million ($337 million)

Domestic: $1.9 million ($201.8 million)

8. Let's Be Cops (Fox, 5 territories, week 1)

Global weekend: $18.35 million (total: $26.8 million)

International: $650K  

Domestic: $17.7 million ($26.1 million)

9. Into the Storm (Warner Bros./New Line, 21 territories, week 2)

Global weekend: $14.4 million (total: $49.8 million)

International: $6.7 million ($18.5 million)

Domestic: $7.7 million ($31.3 million)

10. Pirates (Lotte, 1 territory, week 2)

Global weekend: $13.5 million (total: $32.5 million)

International: $13.5 million ($32.5 million)

 

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