Suicide Squad: Successful or Suicidal?

The Smith Family: Photo Credit: BET/THZ Photo Library

The Smith Family: Photo Credit: BET/THZ Photo Library

Suicide Squad hit theaters August 5th. Ahead of its Friday release, the film was essentially panned by critics. Rolling Stone called the supervillain film “anything but super” and Vanity Fair said it was “just bad.” Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal said: “In a word, Suicide Squad is trash. In two words, it’s ugly trash.” He also called the film “shamelessly pandering,” which may have to do with its star-studded cast, including Will Smith, Cara Delevingne and Viola Davis.

Fans of the film even petitioned to have the film rating site, Rotten Tomatoes, taken down because of its negative review. Rotten Tomatoes gave Suicide Squad a 26%, or an average of 4.7/10.

Massive negative reception did not stop the film, specifically, it did not stop its fans, who turned up in droves for the premier weekend of the show. Previews on Thursday alone boasted $20.5 million of box office revenue, reportedly breaking the record for an August premier (previously held by Guardians of the Galaxy).

Film creators are reportedly hoping for a $140 million weekend, but if the fans who showed up out of loyalty agree with the critics, and the non-fans listen to the negative reviews, they may hit a disappointing plateau.

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