‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tops Foreign Box Office, ‘Apes’ Passes $500 Million

Guardians of the Galaxy” blasted past the competition at the foreign box office last weekend, scoring $40.1 million across 50 markets, according to studio estimates and data compiled by Rentrak.

The Marvel film has now made $313.2 million after ten days in theaters. The space cowboys adventure opened in  a half-dozen international territories this weekend, including Australia, New Zealand and Venezuela.

Top markets for the film include Russia ($23.9 million) and the United Kingdom, and there are still a number of prominent foreign countries left to open such as Japan and China. Given the strong domestic response and the number of countries to come, the picture should have no trouble passing the global grosses of the first “Captain America” ($370.6 million) and “Thor” ($449.3 million).

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung in at second place on the foreign charts, racking up $29.8 million and pushing its worldwide haul to $506 million. The well-reviewed sequel has now passed the $481.8 million lifetime gross of its predecessor, 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” It has a number of major markets left to go,  such as China where it opens on Aug. 29 and Japan where it kicks off on Sept. 19.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” this weekend’s domestic champ, had to settled for third place overseas. The reboot of the 1990s film series generated $28.7 million overseas in 19 markets. Among the highlights, the film topped the Russian box office, with $11.1 million, and took the top slot in Mexico with a $6.9 million debut. Critics be damned. Pizza and mutant reptile martial artists are irresistible across the globe.

In fourth place, “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” added $26.5 million to its bounty, while breaking records at the Korean box office. The film became the fastest to have sold more than 10 million tickets and should surpass “Frozen” as the top grossing film of the year at the country’s box office.

At number five, revenge flick “Lucy” shot up $21 million, putting its cumulative total at $125.3 million.

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