Guardians of the Galaxy tops UK box-office

Guardians of the Galaxy has topped the UK box office on its debut weekend on release.

James Gunn’s blockbuster earned close to £6.4 million to end Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ reign at the chart summit.

Guardians‘ four-day opening is one of the biggest ever debuts for a Marvel movie in the UK, beating the first instalments of Iron Man (£5.6 million), Thor (£5.46 million), Captain America (£3.3 million) and X-Men (£4.8 million).

Elsewhere, the chart sees new releases The Nut Job and Step Up 5: All In debut in the top 10 at numbers six and nine respectively.

Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event is one of the bigger success stories of the week, charting at number seven after banking £538,159.

The East London immersive screening, which takes place in a recreation of the film’s Hill Valley, has now earned £720,479 in ticket sales and still has showings throughout August.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Guardians of the Galaxy – £6,363,110
2. (1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – £2,967,278
3. (4) How to Train Your Dragon 2 – £1,096,888
4. (2) Hercules – £901,151
5. (3) The Purge: Anarchy – £811,44
6. (-) The Nut Job – £666,966
7. (-) Back to the Future – £538,159
8. (5) Transformers: Age of Extinction – £455,725
9. (-) Step Up 5: All In – £391,129
10. (6) Earth to Echo – £378,522

Source: Rentrak

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