Forget the critics, Suicide Squad killed it…at the box office that is.
The DC Comics flick Suicide Squad had the highest August opening in history with a record $135.1 million in the states.
Audiences turned out in record numbers to see the film, not phased by the poor reviews from movie critics. The debut was the biggest of Will Smith’s career, making it his first $100+ opener.
The figure beats out the $94.3 million set by Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.
Additionally, the film picked up $132 million from 57 international territories. Making the total $267.1 million worldwide, playing on 17,760 screens overseas. IMAX viewings picked up $18.1 million, the largest ever in August for the format.
While reviews for the film were not good, fans were left wanting more.
— Bobby Digital (@BobDigi69) August 7, 2016
Finally had the chance to see #SuicideSquad it's all kinds of fun I'm in love with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn
— Dony (@comicbookfan512) August 7, 2016
The film earned $13.9 million in the United Kingdom, while having biggest opening weekend ever in Russia with $11.3 million.
The question now is if the film will continue to stay hot in the coming weeks. Warner Bros. Batman v Superman went down in the numbers after its opening weekend, but still grossed a total of $872.2 million. Suicide Squad could get up to $600 million total or more if fans still have a buzz for it in the coming weeks.
Suicide Squad is now in theaters in the U.S. and in cinemas in the U.K.