Remember when Batman v Superman was ridiculed in reviews, yet the movie’s opening weekend was a stellar hit for the studio? The same thing can be said for Warner’s second DC Comics movie, the highly anticipated Suicide Squad, a film that also fell victim to reviewers. Suicide Squad topped $135 million at the US box office over the weekend, with international earnings almost reaching $270 million. But the bad reviews might still cripple its potential bottom line.
According to Mashable, Suicide Squad’s $135.1 million take at the US box office was the highest ever opening in August, topping Guardians of the Galaxy which made $94.3 million in the first weekend.
Suicide Squad came in third place overall, surging past Deadpool’s $132 million opening weekend. Comparatively, Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made $180 million and $166 million, respectively, in their first US weekends.
But the numbers do not pay a pleasant picture for Warner, as interest for the movie might be dropping considerably faster than expected.
The movie made $65.1 million on Friday, while Saturday’s total dropped by 41%, to $38.4 million. Sunday’s estimate predicted a 19% drop to $31.2 million.
The movie will rake in millions of dollars for Warner; that’s a given. But the interest in the movie is declining faster than anticipated. The film’s Friday-to-Saturday drop was steeper than Batman v Superman’s 38% drop in March and matched The Dark Knight Rises’ drop.
Suicide Squad saw some competition from Jason Bourne and Bad Moms, both of them having opened up a week before the Warner’s DC Comics villains movie.