Updated: 08/04/2014 2:57 PM
Created: 08/04/2014 2:51 PM WDIO.com
By: DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.
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.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Police Arrest Five Individuals for Involvement in Superior Homicide
The Superior Police Department has released the name of a homicide victim in Superior Tuesday evening. They say 20-year-old Garth H. Velin of Superior was killed. Police arrested five individuals for their involvement in the homicide.
Local Specialist Asks Northlanders to 'Stay Calm' Regarding Recent Ebola Case in U.S.
Health officials are on high alert after the first case of Ebola in the United States. The patient, a man who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia, is in isolation at a Dallas hospital on Wednesday.
Police: Missing Teen Found, No Abduction Took Place
The Duluth Police Department says that the teenager allegedly pulled into a minivan on Wednesday afternoon against her will near Denfeld High School has been located.
Essar Steel Minnesota Closes Financing to Complete Mine, Pellet Plant
Essar Steel Minnesota announced they have completed their financing for their project in Nashwauk, and that construction will be ramping up.
McFadden and Franken Clash on Mining, Health Care
Candidates for U.S. Senate debated in Duluth on Wednesday. Things started off fairly friendly between Democratic Senator Al Franken and his Republican challenger, Mike McFadden.