Suicide Squad shatters box office records with $135 million opening

Negative reviews from critics (our own Justin Lyons actually delivered a positive review) aren’t slowing down Suicide Squad from shattering August box office records. According to the latest box office report, the David Ayer-directed film has skyrocketed to become the highest August opening weekend ever with an estimated $135.1 million from 4,255 theaters. This record was previously held by Guardians of the Galaxy which earned $94.3 million in 2014. With $65.2 million under its belt, Suicide Squad also holds the title for largest August opening day and largest August Thursday preview with $20.5 million.

Internationally, the film opened in 57 territories and earned a reported $132 million bringing its worldwide total to $267.1 million. Regardless of Suicide Squad‘s 26% on review aggregator on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s definitely safe to say that movie and comic book fans alike have decided to ignore the critics on this one. Written and directed by Ayer, the DC Comics film stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach and Karen Fukuhara. The official synopsis reads:

“It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.  U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do.  However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”

This story originally appeared on Silver Screen Beat on August 7, 2016.