'Guardians of the Galaxy' scores a record-breaking $94 million weekend

An unlikey band of criminals turned heroes attempt to save the universe in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Story highlights

  • "Guardians" set a new record for an August debut
  • "Get On Up" failed to unseat "Lucy"
  • "A Most Wanted Man" expanded into more theaters
Marvel's got a new star (or five) in its roster: Guardians of the Galaxy launched to an estimated $94 million this weekend in 4,080 theaters, setting a new record for an August debut. (The previous winner was 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, with $69.3 million.)
That's the third biggest opening of 2014 so far, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100 million) and Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). It's also the seventh best opening in history for a non-sequel (or sixth if you count Marvel's The Avengers as a mega-sequel), outpacing other superhero series debuts such as 2011's Thor ($65.7 million) and 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger ($65.1 million). One more fun stat: Guardians