Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ Opens Big on Friday, But Drops On Saturday
The DC Cinematic Universe has another monster opening on its hands, as Suicide Squad is on-track for the biggest opening in the history of August, with $135.1 million in North America.
However, while the movie raked in a sensational $65.1 million on Friday, the movie suffered a 41 percent drop on Saturday. Suicide Squad will still open strong, as this is the second-best DC opening in history behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But the movie is expected to come in below initial projections, which had the supervillain team-up earning between $145 million and $150 million.
However, the good part of the decline for Suicide Squad is that the overseas box office apparently wasn’t affected, as the DC blockbuster earned $132 million, to bring its worldwide total to $267.1 million. Basically, the combination of strong marketing and stale summer slate were enough for Suicide Squad to overcome the bad critical word-of-mouth that has been plaguing the film.
The Hollywood Reporter has further details on the turnout for Suicide Squad:
The biggest surprise in terms of audience makeup was the strong turnout among females, who made up 46 percent of Friday’s audience, according to exit poling service CinemaScore. That’s unusual for a superhero film. However, leading polling service PostTrak shows a different demo breakdown, with females making up 42 percent-43 percent of the audience.
Moviegoers under the age of 18 liked the movie best, giving it an A. Insiders at Warners are hopeful this translates into strong midweek business before school resumes. Also, those under 35 gave it an A-.
Suicide Squad performed nicely in Imax theaters, which delivered an August-best $12 million in North America and $7.2 million overseas.
Among overall international highlights, Suicide Squad paced ahead of Guardians and Deadpool. The movie debuted to $13.9 million in the U.K., capturing 56 percent of the market. Russia followed with $11.3 million, the biggest debut ever for a Warners title. Brazil also ponied up $11.3 million, despite competition from the Summer Olympics. South Korea and Australia were next up with $10.7 million and $10.6 million, respectively.
All in all, while it’s hard to tell if the movie will have any kind of legs in the weeks to come, Suicide Squad is clearly on tap to do monstrous business this weekend.
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