Despite getting ravaged by critics this past week, fans are not listening since David Ayer’s Suicide Squad took home $20.5 million Thursday night. And it is tracking to make a lot more — around $130 to $140 million for the opening weekend. Suicide Squad beat Guardians of the Galaxy as the largest box office record for Thursday night in an August debut, proving that DC and Warner Bros. is more than willing and capable of challenging Marvel.
Suicide Squad seems to be heading in the same direction of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was also skewered by critics but collected $27.7 million on the Thursday night release, and went on to grab $166.1 million in the United States for its debut weekend. However, Suicide Squad was not able to snag the top Thursday night release of the year, which belongs to Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War with $27.7 million.
If you’re one of the few out of the zeitgeist and still do not know the plot of Suicide Squad, here’s a brief recap: a ragtag team of villains including Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith) are brought together by a government official (Viola Davis) to fight evil after the death of Superman in Batman v Superman. Rounding out the cast are Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Cara Delevigne (Enchantress) and Jared Leto as the Joker.
Suicide Squad opens today in theaters, Aug. 5. Watch a trailer below.