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Suicide Squad opens to $135 million in the US to set August record

Suicide Squad

Story by Jack Foley

DC’S much-maligned Suicide Squad has opened to a massive $135 million in the US despite bad reviews. It has also nabbed the top August debut of all time, beating Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

However, there were also signs that the negative press surrounding the film have prevented David Ayer’s film from posting an even bigger sum. On Friday, the film took $65.1 million to put the prospect of an opening in the $145 million-$150 million range into play.

But then takings dropped throughout Saturday, or by 41% day by day, a far steeper decline than other successful superhero movies.

However, the news remained good overseas, where the film – which brings together a group of bad super-villains to carry out a near-impossible mission, took $132 million from 57 territories – the second-best showing for a DC superhero title after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($256.5 million) and the biggest August launch of any film.

In the UK alone, the film took $13.9 million, thereby capturing 56% of the market. And Russia followed with $11.3 million, the biggest debut of all time for a Warners’ title.

Brazil also performed well, taking $11.3 million despite competition from the Summer Olympics. And South Korea and Australia were next up with $10.7 million and $10.6 million, respectively.

Back in the US, the film also marks Will Smith’s biggest opening, besting I Am Legend with $77.2 million.

Commenting on the figures, Warners distribution chief Jeff Goldstein said: “From my perspective this was an awesome weekend. August has never seen a $200 million-plus weekend in domestic box office revenue. So, this was a record weekend driven by Suicide Squad.

“And August has tremendous multiples since we won’t be bombarded with big movies opening up every weekend.”

Aside from Smith, Suicide Squad also stars Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) as well as Jared Leto as The Joker, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis.

The weekend’s other new nationwide offering in the US was Barry Sonnenfeld’s family friendly Nine Lives, which features Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey as a neglectful dad who gets turned into a cat. However, the film struggled to gain much interest, even among families, taking just $6.5 million for a sixth place finish.

Jason Bourne, starring Matt Damon, fell to second spot in its second weekend, falling 62% to $22.7 million for a US total of $103.4 million.

While R-rated comedy Bad Moms placed third, with $14.2 million for a US total of $51.1 million.

Animated hit The Secret Life of Pets and Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond rounded out the top five, with an estimated $11.6 million and $10.3 million respectively.

Worldwide, Secret Life of Pets has now shot past the $500 million mark, while Star Trek Beyond has taken a world-wide tally of $194.5 million.

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