From the LA Times:
A raccoon in space and a talking tree may not seem the stuff of box-office magic, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” exceeded expectations with an estimated $94 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend at the box office.
That set a record for the biggest August opening of all time and is the third-highest opening of 2014. Only “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “Captain America: The Winter Solider” opened better than Guardians” this year.
Audiences and critics alike have responded well, with an A grade from audience polling firm Cinemascore and a more than 90% positive rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.