Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.
Guardians makes an initial sortie into 42 territories day-and-date with North America through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
Studio brass anticipate heavy-hitting highlights from the UK, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and South Korea.
Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana star alongside a talking raccoon and a talking tree voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively.
James Gunn’s comic book adaptation centres on a deep space motely crew who battle an evil nemesis. Guardians is one of the lesser known properties from the Marvel treasure chest but should prosper if reviews, social media footprint and recent chatter at Comic-Con are anything to go by.
Maleficent stands at $487.1m and Planes: Fire & Rescue has reached $26m.
Fox International’s reigning champion Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has climbed to $219.6m and should swing past $250m this weekend thanks to a slew of likely solid holds and 14 debuts including France and Italy.
DreamWorks Animations’ How To Train Your Dragon 2 stands at $275.5m and flies into Spain. The Fault In Our Stars opens in Hong Kong and has grossed $135.9m.
Transformers: Age Of Extinction stands at $745.4m through Paramount Pictures International and crossed $300m in China last weekend to consolidate its status as the biggest release of all time there.
Lionsgate International’s Step Up: All In has reached an early $18.2m including Universal territories. The dance drama opens this weekend in the UK and Taiwan.
22 Jump Street opens in Germany and Austria and has grossed $94.2m through Sony Pictures Releasing International. Deliver Us From Evil stands at $8.4m and Sex Tape $13.3m.
Godzilla has reached $301m through Warner Bros Pictures International. Edge Of Tomorrow has grossed $264.8m and Blended stands at $69m.