‘Suicide Squad’ Scores Biggest August Opening Day Ever

‘Suicide Squad’ Scores Biggest August Opening Day Ever

Suicide Squad, despite negative reviews from critics that, at time of writing puts it below Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Rotten Tomatoes, was sure to be a box-office smash-hit. Warner Bros. did a great job marketing the movie, and after a particularly disappointing Summer people are aching for a fun time at the movies.

According to Box Office Mojo, Suicide Squad made a record-breaking $65.1 on its opening day, surpassing the previous August opening day record holder Guardians of the Galaxy with $37.8M. The movie is definitely going to best Guardians of the Galaxy‘s other record of being the biggest August opening weekend, which currently stands at $94.3M. Box Office Mojo estimates Suicide Squad‘s full weekend opening to fall around the $138M range.
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While Warner Bros. will surely be celebrating, there’s still a lot of work left to be done by their marketing division. The narrative in play is that this movie isn’t very good, and there were allegedly tensions behind-the-scenes between David Ayer and WB, after the lukewarm response to Batman v Superman. That movie, despite landing the biggest March opening of all time, also had a biblical second week drop of 69.1%. It never fully recovered, resulting in a box-office disappointment. Also, with rumours abound that Suicide Squad won’t open in China, it will be an upward battle for the film to break-even and become a profitable enough for the studio.

Suicide Squad is in theatres now. The next time you’ll see Batman and the Joker on the big-screen will be in The LEGO Batman Movie in February 2017, with Wonder Woman following shortly on June 2, 2017.

Images: Warner Bros. 

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