UPDATED: SUICIDE SQUAD On Track To Beat GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY's Opening Weekend Record

"Suicide Squad" poster
Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

Updated August 2, 2016: Deadline now reports that Suicide Squad is on track to reach as much as $140 million in its opening weekend. That is up slightly from earlier estimates, which pegged it as comparable to February's Deadpool. Additionally, Fandango has reported that Suicide Squad has broken its presale record for films released in the month of August - which would mean it surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy.

Along with updated projections, the first reviews of the film have gone live, with many critics finding it underwhelming. Suicide Squad's Rotten Tomatoes score currently sits at 36% fresh, though this is based on only 25 reviews.
 

Original Story: According to aggregated projections, Suicide Squad is on track to open at a record-breaking $125 million domestically, which would make it the biggest opening weekend box office take for any film ever opening in the month of August.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that some outlets are projecting figures as high as $135m, which would shatter the current record, held by Guardians of the Galaxy, which opened the first weekend of August, 2014 at $94.3 million.

These figures are high, considering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a much higher profile DC superhero movie, grossed $166 million in its opening weekend - only $41 million above Suicide Squad's average projections. Batman v Superman went on to gross a total of $827.7 million in its theatrical run - well below early estimates that it would crack $1 billion worldwide.

Suicide Squad opens August 5.

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