UPDATED August 7, 12:07 p.m. ET: Suicide Squad is absolutely killing it at the box office this weekend. If the movie adaptation of Suicide Squad seems wrong per its unfavorable reviews, DC Comics doesn't have to be right. That's because the movie has reportedly raked in $135.1 million this weekend, which now holds the record for the biggest August opening weekend of all time, according to comScore (via USA Today).
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Despite the generally negative reception it's been greeted with by critics, the DC Comics adaption Suicide Squad is on pace to do tremendously well this weekend at the box office. According to Variety, the Warner Bros. film is expected to pull in somewhere around $147 million across 4,255 theaters when all is said and done after Sunday.
That figure won't just break the record for largest opening weekend for a film released in the month of August—it will absolutely shatter it. The previous record-holder is the Marvel property Guardians of the Galaxy, which hit theaters two years ago in 2014. It managed to rake in $94.3 million in its first weekend out.
This certainly must come as a welcome bit of news for the studio heads at Warner Bros. who were banking on Suicide Squad to help establish the DC Comics brand as a viable foil for their lucrative competitors over at Marvel. The studio reportedly spent $175 million in creating the film, but with the added promotional and marketing costs, Suicide Squad is still a long way away from becoming profitable. According to a source at the Hollywood Reporter, "The movie's got to do $750 million, $800 million to break even. If they get anywhere close to that, they'll consider it a win."
While they've certainly got quite a hill to climb to make that figure, the hot start must certainly feel good after a week in which critics have savaged the film. Over on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, it currently holds a dismal 26 percent rating, a single point lower than DC/Warner Bros. tent-pole film, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which debuted earlier this year.