The worst heroes ever just scored the best August preview ever, with "Suicide Squad" raking in $20.5 million Thursday night at the domestic box office.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" held the previous record, earning $11.2 million in previews 2014. The Marvel Studios film went on to earn $94.3 million in its opening weekend.
Pre-release projections put "Suicide Squad" on a course to finish its first weekend with anywhere between $125 million and $140 million, which would be a new domestic record for August.
The David Ayer film continues its rollout overseas, adding another $20.8 million on Thursday for a two-day international total of $29.6 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Suicide Squad" is outpacing both "Guardians" and "Deadpool" in many of the now 40 foreign markets. It debited Thursday in Russia with $3.9 million, scoring the best opening day for any film in that country.
"Suicide Squad" stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.