Like Batman V Superman before it, Suicide Squad has given its critics a two-fingered salute with a record-breaking first weekend at the box office that resulted in a worldwide haul of $267 million.
Also like Batman V Superman, it’s US success was front-loaded. It earned $135.1 million over the weekend in the States, smashing the previous August opening record of $94.3 million by Guardians Of The Galaxy. But there was a big fall-off of 41% from Friday to Saturday (from $65.3 million to $38.8 million) and another fall on Sunday (to $31 million). This suggests the film was helped by fans eager to see the film. On the other hand, many films would be ecstatic to get $31 million on their first day!
Suicide Squad also achieved a better CinemaScore rating (a kind of official exit poll they run in the States) than Batman V Superman. It achieved a B+ CinemaScore from audiences, ahead of Batman v Superman’s B.
Internationally, Suicide Squad also did very nicely indeed, earning $132 million from 57 territories over its first five days. The combined total of $267 million is the biggest August worldwide opening ever.
The big question now is, will it have legs? Batman V Superman saw huge drop-offs after the first weekend, but Suicide Squad feels like its being embraced slightly more by the audiences (if not the critics) this time.