Suicide Squad Crushes Box Office Records With Big Thursday Opening

Friday, 05 August 2016 - 11:38AM
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Friday, 05 August 2016 - 11:38AM
Suicide Squad Crushes Box Office Records With Big Thursday Opening
Suicide Squad might be struggling with the critics – currently sitting at a nasty 27% on Rotten Tomatoes – but its certainly doing just fine at the box office. News out of theaters this morning is definitely cause for turning Warner Bros' frowns upside down, with their big Summer release breaking records in the US and overseas. 

Suicide Squad is almost certain to dethrone Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy as the highest-grossing August opening of all time, and it kicked things off in spectacular style last night, bringing in a cool $20.5 million from preview night screenings. If you want a gauge of how that compares to the big guns, well, it absolutely crushed Guardians of the Galaxy, which took $11.2 million on its opening Thursday. 

The total isn't just impressive for an August release, it's also impressive for a comicbook movie in general. $20.5 million puts Suicide Squad fifth in the list of superhero movie openings, which when you see the company it now shares, is kind of huge for these once-fringe characters of the DC universe.

Top Superhero Thursdays:

1. Dark Knight Rises - $30.6m
2. Batman v Superman - $27.7
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $27.6m
4. Captain America: Civil War - $25m
5. Suicide Squad - $20.5

Of course, the question now comes down to whether or not Suicide Squad can ride poor critical response and secure some solid word of mouth from fans. If moviegoers respond to David Ayer's movie the same way the critics did, it's likely that Suicide Squad's box office will see a sharp drop off in its second week.
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