LOS ANGELES – "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.
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Studio estimates Sunday show Marvel's cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as members of an intergalactic band of mercenaries earned $94 million in its debut weekend.
Box office analysts initially projected the comic book adaptation would earn between $60 million and $75 million in North America.
The launch shatters the record for the biggest opening of a film in August and makes "Guardians" the third largest opening in 2014.
"Guardians" distributor Disney says the film hauled in an additional $66.4 million in international territories.
Marvel announced at Comic-Con in San Diego earlier this month that a "Guardians" sequel will be released in 2017.