Take that, Rotten Tomatoes. 

Despite an onslaught of negative reviews that shocked most comic book fans anticipating the DC Extended Universe’s latest entry, Suicide Squad, the film looks to be on track for enormous box office grosses in its opening weekend. 

Suicide Squad grossed a record-breaking 20.5 million on Thursday night and a terrific  $65 million opening day at the box office. This is all leading experts to predict a $150 million dollar opening weekend, which exceeds previous projections. 

The film, which is directed by (typically) critically acclaimed David Ayers, has hovered in the upper 20’s on Rotten Tomatoes critic scale—meaning that less than a third of critics have viewed the film favorably. For fans of DC Comics, this is becoming an all too familiar story. Like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a large schism continues to exist between fans and critics, as now all three entries of the DC Extended Universe have failed to receive the vaunted “Certified Fresh” label gives films that exceed 60 percent on their critical scale. 

Despite all this, Suicide Squad has smashed expectations. But like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will the negative reviews harm the long-term box office figures and prevent the film from crossing the billion dollar mark? Time will tell. 

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Suicide Squad is written and directed by David Ayer and stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Karen Fukuhara, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.

Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Written by | Omar Hussain

Omar Hussain serves as the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Heroic Universe.