Director James Gunn's "Guardians" film, starring
The release topped the start for Marvel's
The sci-fi action film is expected to gross $70 million to $75 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen prerelease audience surveys.
"Clearly, Marvel is a magic word at the box office right now," Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger told the Los Angeles Times.
Karger said these are the biggest numbers that Fandango has seen for any nonsequel this year.
"The movie on paper sounded crazy because it's a comic book no one's heard of, a raccoon that talks, a wrestler in one of the lead roles and the guy from
People "will probably expect a bigger opening weekend now," Karger added.
On Rotten Tomatos, the film received a 92% rating on the "tomatometer," as of Friday.