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“Suicide Squad” Sets August Box Office Debut Record


“Suicide Squad”; Clay Enos/TM & © DC Comics(NEW YORK) — The reviews may not have been kind, but Suicide Squad still managed to set a box office record over the weekend.

The DC supervillain film opened in first place with an estimated 135.1 million dollars — the biggest total ever for an August debut, eclipsing the 94.3 million made by a Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, two years ago.

Suicide Squad boasts an all-star cast, including Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker.

Last week’s top movie, Jason Bourne, starring Matt Damon, finished in second place, earning 22.7 million dollars.

The weekend’s other wide release, the Kevin Spacey cat movie Nine Lives, had an opening that was far from purr-fect. It landed in sixth place, with 6.5 million dollars.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to comScore: 

1. Suicide Squad, $135.1 million.
2. Jason Bourne, $22.7 million.
3. Bad Moms, $14.2 million.
4. The Secret Life of Pets, $11.6 million.
5. Star Trek Beyond, $10.2 million.
6. Nine Lives, $6.5 million.
7. Lights Out, $6 million.
8. Nerve, $4.9 million.
9. Ghostbusters, $4.8 million.
10. Ice Age: Collision Course, $4.3 million.

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