“Suicide Squad,” one of the most anticipated movie releases of the year, had its world premiere in NYC on August 1, and despite mixed-to-negative reviews, the comic book film is conquering the North American box office.

Directed by David Ayer, Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” has faced a lot of criticism, mostly against its overall quality, but it seems that it might still be on track to reach and probably even exceed the predicted $140 million domestic opening weekend.

The negative feedback coming from critics who have seen advance screenings of the all-villain movie doesn’t seem to affect sales as much as its creators feared, as it opened with $20.5 million at the box office during its Thursday night preview showings and scored a whopping $65.12 million on Friday night, thus setting a record for an August theatrical release.

Moreover, this amount positioned it as the third-biggest opening day of the year behind Walt Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” ($75m) and Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman” ($81m). The film is set to debut in 57 overseas markets this weekend, so the total gross is likely to grow.

Suicide Squad cast

The star-laden cast of “Suicide Squad,” which received a B+ CinemaScore from North American audiences, includes Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Scott Eastwood, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, and Cara Delevingne.

For those out of the loop, David Ayer’s movie follows a crew of dangerous, imprisoned villains, such as Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo,Captain Boomerang, and the Enchantress, in their journey to fight off a deadly threat in exchange for clemency.

Warner Bros. spent $175 million producing the movie, and while critics have said it is a silly, cluttered movie with no real plot, there are voices claiming it’s got plenty of charm and it’s a lot of fun for comic book readers and die-hard fans. And according to Ayer’s latest statements on social media, that’s exactly the audience he was aiming for.

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