"Guardians Of The Galaxy" director James Gunn is thrilled with the success of his film and has written an open letter to fans, thanking them for helping it earn $94 million during its opening weekend at the box office.
Gunn wrote on Facebook: "Thanks to all of you who saw (and are seeing) Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, from the bottom of my heart.
"The Guardians are a group of oddballs, outcasts, and geeks. The movie is for anyone who ever felt cast aside, left out, or different. It's for all of us who don't belong. This movie belongs to you. And, today, I think we're doing okay.
"I am of course happy with all the film has accomplished box-office-wise. But what touches me the most is that the film I told the folks at Marvel I wanted to make two years ago is the film that you're seeing in theaters today - it's that so many of you seem to be directly EXPERIENCING the film I INTENDED... And for that, I am profoundly grateful..."
Outside of North America, "Guardians of the Galaxy" has earned an additional $66.4 million.
The film centers on adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who has a large bounty on his head after stealing a mysterious that the villain Ronan wants to get his hands on.
To protect the orb, Quill is forced to team up with a group of misfits - Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and green-skinned Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista).