Suicide Squad Puts $135.1M Nail in Critics' Coffins

Monster draw despite howling reviews
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2016 11:08 AM CDT
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc in a scene from "Suicide Squad."   (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
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(Newser) Suicide Squad took outraged critics directly to the bank, where it gave them a $135.1 million shakedown in one of the year's biggest debuts and the biggest August debut ever, reports USA Today. That tops the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool. It wasn't all love notes for Suicide Squad, though: The AP notes that after drawing heavy crowds on Thursday and Friday, ticket sales fell off steeply on Saturday—suggesting that audiences could be belatedly agreeing with the film's scathing reviews. Rounding out the top five: Jason Bourne with $22.7 million; Bad Moms with $14.2 million; The Secret Life of Pets with $11.6 million; and Star Trek Beyond with $10.2 million. (Read more box office stories.)

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