Weekend box office: Suicide Squad opens huge despite critical bashing

In the days leading up to the opening of SUICIDE SQUAD, execs at Warner Bros. were having a rough time.  Virtually every critic slammed SUICIDE SQUAD (click the link to read our review) as being a mess, then word leaked that the film suffered all kinds of drama behind the scenes, including the ever dreadful studio meddling.  It’s another slam against the studio just a few months after the destruction audiences and critics gave BATMAN V SUPERMAN.  But WB can rest a little easier this morning since SUICIDE SQUAD will end up with the highest August weekend box office opening of all time, beating GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.  The #1 movie and a dig to a rival studio?  Yeah, it’s good to be WB today and tomorrow they can get back to trying to fix the DC universe.  The other new movie of the weekend was NINE LIVES, which couldn’t crack the top 5.  There was just too much competition as far as talking animal movies go.

Next week should be an interesting weekend.  First up is the live action adaptation of PETE’S DRAGON.  While I would normally bet big on a kids movie, I just don’t see the hype working for PETE’S DRAGON.  That, and there’s a lot of competition at the box office for kids movies.  Then we have FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS starring Meryl Streep.  Streep is great, but this doesn’t feel like the kind of movie that should get an August release.  Finally, there’s SAUSAGE PARTY, which looks hilarious, but the question is whether or not there’s actually market for an R-rated animated movie.  My guess is SUICIDE SQUAD will repeat at the top spot, but it’s not a certainty.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Suicide Squad $146.1m

2. Jason Bourne $22.6m

3. Bad Moms $14.2m

4. The Secret Life of Pets $11.1m

5. Star Trek Beyond $9.6m

6. Nine Lives $6.7m

7. Lights Out $5.8m

8. Nerve $5.1m

9. Ghostbusters $4.8m

10. Ice Age: Collision Course $3.9m

(Deadline)

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