One of the biggest movies of the summer, Suicide Squad, opened last week, and it claimed the top spot at the weekend box office with a record-breaking $135.1 million – despite being panned by critics.
DC’s latest film, which starred Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, was the biggest August debut to date, beating out the previous record holder – 2014’s Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy. It’s also the third-largest opening for 2016, following behind May’s Captain America (with $179 million) and March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (with $166 million).
Suicide Squad also performed well with international markets, bringing it $132 million – thus already recovering its $175 million budget.
“The critics have been absolutely horrific,” Cara Delevingne said in an interview with Reuters. “They’re really, really horrible… It doesn’t really matter what the critics say at the end of the day, it’s the fans that we made this movie for.”
Will Smith echoed Delevingne’s sentiments, saying, “I think people had expectations that may have been different, but I’m excited for the fans to get to vote,” while Margot added, “Critical acclaim is really nice, but we made it for the fans. If the fans like it, then we did our job.”
Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne fell to second place with a distant $22.7 million in its second weekend. Coming in third, Bad Moms (starring Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate) brought in 14.2 million. The Secret Life of Pets is still going strong in its fifth week of release. The film brought in $11.5 million (bringing its total gross to $319.5 million domestically). Rounding out the top five was Star Trek Beyond bringing in $10.2 million (for a current total gross of $127.9 million domestically).
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