"Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.

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Marvel Studios' cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista as members of an intergalactic band of rebels earned $94 million in its debut weekend, The Associated Press reports. Before its Friday debut, box office analysts initially projected that the comic book adaptation might bring in $60 million to $75 million in North America.

The out-of-this-world launch gives "Guardians" the biggest opening for a film released in the traditionally low-key month of August. The record had been held by the $69.2 million debut of "The Bourne Ultimatum" in 2007.