Suicide Squad fights back at the box office despite critical slating


The baddies of Suicide Squad are getting pummelled by critics, but they're fighting back at the box office.

The film took an estimated $20.5 million (£15.7 million) in Thursday preview showings in the US, a record for an August opening, according to studio estimates on Friday.

The stars of Suicide Squad in London

The previous August record-holder was Guardians Of The Galaxy, which earned $11.2 million (£8.6 million) in 2014, not adjusted for inflation.

Directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad is on course for a $140 million (£107 million) opening weekend, but it remains to be seen whether poor reviews take a toll.

Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer and stars Will Smith and Jared Leto

Joe Morgenstern wrote in the Wall Street Journal: "In a word, Suicide Squad is trash. In two words, it's ugly trash. Maybe no more words should be wasted on a movie that is, after all, only a movie, not a natural disaster or a terrorist attack."

The film is the next step in the DC Comics and Warner Bros expanded universe and cost around $175 million (£134 million) to produce.