Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” is showing impressive traction at the U.S. box office, topping $161 million in its first five days and setting records for the month of August.
The supervillain tentpole grossed $14.3 million on Tuesday, up 9% from Monday’s gross of $13.1 million. Both figures eclipsed the August records set two years ago for those days by “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“Suicide Squad” grossed $133.7 million on its opening weekend — far above forecasts and nearly $40 million above the record set by Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians.” Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jared Leto, “Suicide Squad” has wound up succeeding among moviegoers despite being battered by reviewers with a current 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film, directed by David Ayer, also dominated the international box office with an opening weekend of $133 million from 57 territories. Warner Bros. spent $175 million to produce “Suicide Squad” as part of its strategy to create an interlocking DC Universe of characters, much like Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
The second weekend of “Suicide Squad” looks to hold off a trio of newcomers at the U.S. box office — Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon,” Sony’s animated “Sausage Party” and Paramount’s “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
Early estimates have placed “Suicide Squad” in the $45 million to $48 million range for its second frame, amounting to a 65% decline from its opening weekend. “Pete’s Dragon” is forecast to top “Sausage Party” with about $25 million.