Suicide Squad smashes August box office record with mega $135m haul… stealing top spot from Jason Bourne
It seems everyone loves a baddie – despite what the critics say.
DC’s star-studded Suicide Squad debuted at No. 1 at the box office earning a mega $135.1 million, smashing the record for the biggest August take previously held by Guardians Of The Galaxy’s $94.3 million in 2014, according to Box Office Mojo.
The movie stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and more as the group of comic book baddies roped in for a deadly black ops mission that could wipe the slate clean for them if they succeed.
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Terror team: DC’s star-studded Suicide Squad debuted at No. 1 at the weekend box office earning a mega $135.1 million and smashing the record for the biggest August take
And succeed they did, also raking in $132 million overseas for a $276.1 million total, earning back the CGI-heavy film’s pricy $175 million budget.
The achievement is even more amazing given that the movie was widely panned by critics, according to Variety.
It cited The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern, who called the film ‘…an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment,’ while New York’s David Edelstein branded it ‘the worst of the worst,’ and MTV’s Amy Nicholson dismissed the picture as ‘two hours of padding.’
Squad hit: The baddies knocked Matt Damon‘s Jason Bourne off the top spot. It landed at No. 2, earning $22.7 million for a domestic total of $103.4 million after two weeks
But audiences obviously didn’t agree, giving Suicide Squad an overall B+ CinemaScore with viewers under the age of 18 giving it an A rating.
The baddies knocked Matt Damon‘s Jason Bourne off the top spot.
The fifth installment in the CIA spy franchise landed at No. 2, earning $22.7 million for a domestic total of $103.4 million after two weeks.
Mother knows best: Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate, snagged third place in its second weekend, picking up $14.2 million.
The action thriller also continued to do well overseas, notching up a global take of $195.3 million.
Bad Moms snagged third place in its second weekend, picking up $14.2 million.
The raunchy comedy, starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate as mothers who rebel against pressures to be perfect parents, has made $51 million since opening, a healthy return on its $20 million budget.
Animal magic: The Secret Life Of Pets continued to enchant family audiences, fetching $11.6 million for fourth place at the box office, and upping its global take to a mega $502.2 million
The Secret Life Of Pets nabbed fourth place with $11.6 million. The family comedy is one of the year’s biggest hits, having made $319.6 million in the past five weeks stateside and $182.6 million overseas fetching a stunning $502.2 million worldwide.
Star Trek Beyond continued its space expedition, rounding out the top five.
It earned $10.2 million to push its stateside gross to $127.9 million after three weeks for a $194.4 million global tally, well below expectations.
Not doing so well: Star Trek Beyond landed in fifth with $10.2 million, pushing its stateside gross to $127.9 million after three weeks for a $194.4 million global tally, below expectations