Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Box Office Hit
Hollywood blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy has smashed the long-standing record for August box office releases.
The Marvel Comics creation raked in $94m (£55.8m) last weekend in the US and an estimated £6.4m in the UK.
It has an ensemble cast that includes Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt, and ousted last week's number one earning sci-fi thriller, Lucy.
Actress Zoe Saldana plays a green-skinned assassin named Gamora who is fighting a gun-toting genetically-modified raccoon played by Cooper.
Diesel, who voiced tree-like humanoid Groot, had just three words of script to learn for the film: "I am Groot."
Guardians delivered the best ever UK opening for Marvel and the third biggest weekend box office for 2014 in the US.
It smashed the US August record by a third - outdoing the $69m (£41m) set by Bourne Ultimatum in 2007.
Its ranking for the year so far is also impressive, just behind Transformers 4's $97.5m (£57.9m) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier at $95m (£56.2m).
Internationally, it brought in a threefold increase for Imax screenings compared to the previous biggest film.
The success of Guardians has given Hollywood a sigh of relief, especially for a series of characters who were barely known by moviegoers this time last year.