Box office: Suicide Squad sets a new record for August

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Critics may have hated it, but Suicide Squad — which revolves around a team of DC Comics supervillains — set new records at the box office this week.

The film — which got a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, one percentage point lower than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — grossed an estimated $135.1 million between Thursday and Sunday nights, giving it the best opening of any movie released in August (previous champ: Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014, $94.3 million).

Suicide Squad has also already beaten the lifetime gross of every other film directed by David Ayer (previous champ: Fury, 2014, $85.8 million) as well as every other film featuring the following actors (listed here with their previous personal bests):

  • Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), The Legend of Tarzan (2016, $123.3 million);
  • Jared Leto (the Joker), Panic Room (2002, $96.4 million);
  • Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Safe House (2012, $126.4 million);
  • Jay Hernandez (Diablo), The Rookie (2002, $75.6 million);
  • Adam Beach (Slipknot), Cowboys & Aliens (2011, $100.2 million); and
  • Cara Delevigne (the Enchantress), Paper Towns (2015, $32 million).

Suicide Squad’s first-weekend gross also marks a new best opening for the following actors (listed here with their previous best first weekends):

  • Will Smith (Deadshot), I Am Legend (2007, $77.2 million);
  • Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Divergent (2014, $54.6 million);
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Thor: The Dark World (2013, $85.7 million); and
  • Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (2009, $41 million).

The question now is whether the film will sustain any interest over the next few weeks, or whether it will collapse as quickly as Batman v Superman did. That film and Warcraft are the only movies among this year’s top seventy domestic releases that failed to double their first-weekend gross. (Jason Bourne hasn’t doubled its first-weekend gross yet either, but this is only its second weekend. It’ll get there.)

Suicide Squad also set a new record overseas, where it earned another $132 million since opening on Wednesday, which is a much bigger opening overseas than any other August release has had. The film’s global total currently stands at $267.1 million.

The weekend’s other new wide release was Nine Lives, starring Kevin Spacey as a workaholic billionaire whose soul gets transferred into the body of a cat. The film tanked with only $6.5 million and a sixth-place rank in its first weekend.

Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

Jason Bourne earned $22.7 million and ranked second in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $103.4 million. The film has earned another $91.9 million overseas for a global total of $195.3 million.

Bad Moms earned $14.2 million and ranked third in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $51.1 million. The film has earned another $5.5 million overseas for a global total of $56.6 million.

The Secret Life of Pets earned $11.6 million and ranked fourth in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $319.6 million. The film has earned another $182.6 million overseas for a global total of $502.2 million.

Star Trek Beyond earned $10.2 million and ranked fifth in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $127.9 million. The film has earned another $66.5 million overseas for a global total of $194.4 million.

Lights Out earned $6 million and ranked seventh in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $54.7 million. The film has earned another $31 million overseas for a global total of $85.7 million.

Nerve earned $4.9 million and ranked eighth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $26.9 million. The film has earned another $793,585 overseas for a global total of $27.7 million.

Ghostbusters earned $4.8 million and ranked ninth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $116.7 million. The film has earned another $62.8 million overseas for a global total of $179.5 million.

And Ice Age: Collision Course earned $4.3 million and ranked tenth in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $53.5 million. The film has earned another $234.6 million overseas for a global total of $288.2 million.

Now for a bit of extra data on the year’s top-grossing animated films:

In North America, The Secret Life of Pets still ranks 12th among animated films:

  • 2016 — Finding Dory (Pixar) — $473.9 million
  • 2004 — Shrek 2 (DreamWorks) — $441.2 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $422.8 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $415.0 million
  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $400.7 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $380.8 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $368.1 million
  • 2015 — Inside Out (Pixar) — $356.5 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $341.3 million
  • 2015 — Minions (Universal) — $336 million
  • 2007 — Shrek the Third (DreamWorks) — $322.7 million
  • 2016 — The Secret Life of Pets (Universal) — $319.6 million
  • 2009 — Up (Pixar) — $293.0 million
  • 2001 — Monsters, Inc. (Pixar) — $289.9 million

Overseas, Zootopia still ranks fifth:

  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $875.7 million
  • 2015 — Minions (Universal) — $823.4 million
  • 2012 — Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) — $715.9 million
  • 2009 — Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) — $690.1 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $681.8 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $648.2 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $602.7 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $564.7 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $555.9 million
  • 2012 — Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (DreamWorks) — $530.5 million

And worldwide, Finding Dory now ranks 11th (but it’s still only 26th overseas):

  • 2013 — Frozen (Disney) — $400.7 + 875.7 = 1276.5 million
  • 2015 — Minions (Universal) — $336.0 + 823.4 = 1159.4 million
  • 2010 — Toy Story 3 (Pixar) — $415.0 + 648.2 = 1063.2 million
  • 2016 — Zootopia (Disney) — $341.3 + 681.8 = 1023.1 million
  • 1994 — The Lion King (Disney) — $422.8 + 564.7 = 987.5 million
  • 2013 — Despicable Me 2 (Universal) — $368.1 + 602.7 = 970.8 million
  • 2003 — Finding Nemo (Pixar) — $380.8 + 555.9 = 936.7 million
  • 2004 — Shrek 2 (DreamWorks) — $441.2 + 478.6 = 919.8 million
  • 2009 — Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) — $196.6 + 690.1 = 886.7 million
  • 2012 — Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) — $161.3 + 715.9 = 877.2 million
  • 2016 — Finding Dory (Pixar) — $473.9 + 396.4 = 870.3 million
  • 2015 — Inside Out (Pixar) — $356.5 + 501.0 = 857.4 million

Next week brings us Pete’s Dragon, Sausage Party and Florence Foster Jenkins.

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