Suicide Squad stomped all over a litany of negative reviews (ours was positive) over the past week to continue its hot start at the box office on Saturday. It would take an epic decline on Saturday and Sunday for Suicide Squad not to overtake Marvel and Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy for the biggest August opening of all time.
Following a huge $20.5 million Thursday night opening, Suicide Squad exploded on Friday for a massive $65.1 million haul. That puts the film on pace to earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 million through Sunday to easily top the previous August record of $94.3 million set by Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel’s misfit ensemble has a sequel coming out next year so don’t be surprised if the brass at Warner Bros. are already plotting how to bring the Suicide Squad back sooner rather than later.
Internationally Suicide Squad has earned $64.6 million in just three days. It should be free and clear of the $200 million worldwide mark by the end of Sunday.
The only other new release, EuropaCorp’s Nine Lives about a man (Kevin Spacey) trapped in a cat’s body so he’s forced to spend more time with his daughter, stumbled to $2.37 million on Friday and will be lucky to clear $6 million for the weekend.
Check back Sunday for the complete Suicide Squad weekend box office estimates and to see how far Jason Bourne and Star Trek Beyond slipped as a result.