Not long ago, people were convinced that Guardians of the Galaxy was too minor a franchise with too goofy a premise to succeed at the box office. Disney shut those critics up this morning, reporting a weekend haul of $94-million dollars โ€“ the biggest August opening of all time.

August's previous record-holder? The Bourne Ultimatum, which, in 2007, opened with a $69.2-million weekend.


GotG's colossal weekend makes its opening the third-biggest of the year, trailing just behind Transformers 4's $97.5-million release and Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95-million opening. Overseas, GotG debuted to $66.4-million. For those of you keeping score at home, $65โ€“70M is what the film was originally projected to gross here in the U.S. โ€“ that it met that projection overseas, and outstripped it domestically by fifty percent, is huge. Just huge.

All together now: Oh. Yeah.