Although the critics took a bat to Suicide Squad, metaphorically-speaking, all that negative criticism seems to have had no affect on the film’s box office. In desperate need of an unequivocal hit, Warner Bros. seems to have gotten it with the latest DC Extended Universe film about a group of super-villains being entrusted to save the world, and Warners’ entrusted them to deliver a hit. Mission: accomplished. Now, not only is Suicide Squad the first superhero film to star the villains, and not only is it the first DCEU movie not to have Zack Snyder’s stink on it, but it’s now the most moneymaking movie ever released in August.
With the magic number of $135.1 million, Suicide Squad has the best August opening ever according to Box Office Mojo, easily besting the previous record-holder, Guardians of the Galaxy, by $41 million. Suicide Squad also takes third place for overall opening weekend grosses squeezing out Finding Dory’s $135 million, and falling in behind Captain America: Civil War with $179.1 million, and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice with $166 million.
Suicide Squad also laid waste to the other new movie that opened this weekend, Nine Lives. The Kevin Spacey-cat comedy finished in sixth place with $6.5 million behind Jason Bourne ($22.7 million), Bad Moms ($14.2 million), The Secret Life of Pets ($11.5 millio) and Star Trek Beyond ($10.2 million). As for the Squad’s future prospects, it will face three new films next weekend: Disney’s live-action remake of Pete’s Dragon, the R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, and the true life-inspired Florence Foster Jenkins, but it’s suspect that any one of those movies might have the heft to knock it out of the top spot. With August getting deader for new films through Labor Day, it might not be so hard to believe that it could be number one for the next couple of weeks. Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see.