Suicide Squad may have had an August-best opening with a crazy $135.1 million at the North American box office
The movie pulled an enormous $65.1 million as at Friday, and it looked like Warner Bros.’ could actually write history, showing in over 4,255 theaters and debuting to an estimated $145 million – $150 million.
Outside american boarders, Suicide Squad pulled in a hot $132 million in its debut, in 57 markets. It gained recognition as the second-best showing for a DC superhero title and the biggest August launch of any film.
It can’t be denied that Suicide Squad posted one of the best openings of the year to date domestically — thanks to a savvy marketing campaign, including a high-profile stop at Comic-Con. It managed to wrestle the August crown from Marvel and Disney’s likewise offbeat superhero film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which debuted to a surprising $94.3 million in 2014, on its way to earning better-than-expected $773.3 million globally, including $333.2 million domestically.
Suicide Squad’s ultimate playability is having a question mark after receiving a B+ CinemaScore from North American audiences. While it’s better than the B awarded to Dawn of Justice, movies have much better legs when receiving some variation of an A. The movie which took a friendlier approach at the cinemas having a PG-13 rating, was ravaged by critics and currently suffers a 26 percent rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Well, we can call it a win compared to Batman v Superman 27 percent critic review, which debuted to a hefty $166.7 million in March, but fell off more quickly than expected in the following weeks.
Ayer’s film certainly doesn’t lack for star power and follows a group of dangerous comic book villains — played by Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) — who are recruited to fight off a deadly threat. Jared Leto stars as The Joker while Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis round out the cast. Suicide Squad didn’t do badly in Imax theaters either, which ponied up an August-best $12 million in North America.
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. Quite unusual for a superhero film. However, another polling service shows a different demo breakdown, with females making up 42 – 43 percent of the audience.
Among the box office rankings, Universal’s Jason Bourne, starring Matt Damon, fell at No. 2 in its second weekend play, tumbling 62 percent to $22.7 million for a domestic total of $103.4 million. It got put down by Suicide Squad. The Secret Life of Pets, from Illumination and Universal, and Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond rounded out the top five, with an estimated $11.6 million and $10.3 million respectively.