‘Suicide Squad’ Tops U.S. Box Office for a Second Weekend

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad has claimed the top spot at the box office for a second week in a row, bringing in $43.8 million. The DC super-villain film, which stars Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, has not received favorable reviews from critics, but that hasn’t stopped fans from checking out director David Ayer’s film.

“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.”

The film made the biggest August debut in box office history opening weekend, breaking the 2014 record previously held by Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Coming in second, Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party had a solid opening for an R-rated animated comedy with $33.6 million ($19 million budget). 60% of the film-going audience was male, and nearly 55% of viewers were younger than 25.

“A big part of the movie that I think people are shocked by: that there’s actually some emotion to it and I think the music really bolsters that,” says Seth Rogen (who produced, co-wrote and voices the lead character) to Billboard.com.

Coming in third was Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford. The film made $21 million ($65 million budget). Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne dropped two spots to fourth with $13.6 million, and Bad Moms came in fifth with $11.5 million.

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