‘Suicide Squad’ sets August opening box office record

Actors, from centre left to right, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman, Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye, Margot Robbie, Jason Momoa, Karen Fukuhara, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne hold Ezra Matthew Miller, upon arrival at the European Premiere of Suicide Squad, at a central London cinema in Leicester Square, Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

NEW YORK (AP) — The supervillain romp “Suicide Squad” shrugged off scathing reviews to open with an estimated $135.1 million in North American ticket sales, scoring one of the year’s biggest box-office debuts.

The Warner Bros. film, directed by David Ayer, had increased pressure on its performance following the studio’s previous poorly received DC Comics film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” But “Suicide Squad” proved a massive draw despite its much-derided lead-in. It set a new record for an August opening, besting Marvel’s 2014 hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Not everything was roses for “Suicide Squad,” though. After fans flocked theaters on Thursday night and Friday, audiences dropped steeply on Saturday. That could forecast further sharp declines in coming weeks for the $175 million film, which also came with a massive marketing budget.

NBC4i.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s