Last month, Suicide Squad was tracking to open this Friday with $125 million, and now it’s tracking to earn even more. After being the most watched Comic-Con trailer of 2015 and recently more talked about on social media than even Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is now on track to earn upwards of $140 million this weekend for an all-time August opening record. (The current record holder is Guardians of the Galaxy with $94.3 million in 2014.) We’ll see if that $140M estimate holds steady when the embargo on critical reviews lifts later today.
So director David Ayer is having quite a week. After being accused of encouraging mushroom use (then let off the hook when the actor in question clarified that, no, he just took mushrooms on his own, as one does), and hearing the latest fantastic box office estimates, Ayer took the stage at the film’s world premiere last night in New York City. He must have been excited, because when a DC Comics fan in the audience shouted “F*ck Marvel” the director enthusiastically shouted it right back: