August 8, 2016


'Suicide Squad' Smashes August Box Office Record

Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

Suicide Squad, DC's second live-action offering of 2016 following March's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, got a critical lambasting as its premiere drew near last week. And while it's still got a 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it's also now in possession of a big box office record.

Yup: Suicide Squad boasts the biggest August opening weekend of all time with $135.1 million in the U.S. alone. ($267.1 million worldwide.) 

The previous record-holder was 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy with a comparably measly $94.3 million. GotG went on to rake in $773.3 million worldwide, while Box Office Mojo is quick to mention that the Suicide Squad could face as high as a 67 percent dip in attendance next weekend. Bad word of mouth/short attention spans led Batman v Superman to fall 69 percent between its first and second weekends.

The upside for movies as a whole is that the weekend's top 12 movies as a whole cooked up 87 percent more box office receipts than the same weekend last year.

Next, read our Complete Guide to Suicide Squad and kick it with these video game cosplayers at PAX East 2016: