Despite a 40% drop off from Friday to Saturday, Suicide Squad’s obliterating domestic and worldwide records in its opening weekend. Its $135.1M North America debut was met in kind as it scored another $132M in 57 overseas markets, playing in approximately 17,670 theaters. This brings Task Force X’s haul to $267.M worldwide, so far (via SuperHeroHype).
CBR notes this marks another record broken by the Squad, as it continues to surpass the August numbers previously set by Guardians of the Galaxy’s $94.3M. The ensemble also managed to break the IMAX international record, with its $7.2M debut. It’s also scored the second biggest debut for a DC film and the fifth biggest opening for a Warner Bros. picture. Following the panned critical reception, and divisive fan opinions, it’s good to know the bad guys are doing something right.
The impeccable marketing campaign surely helped the film’s meteoric success, but will it be enough? Suicide Squad hasn’t been in theaters long enough to judge how word-of-mouth will affect it in the long run. Here’s to hoping the villainous ensemble has the legs and staying power its Batman v Superman predecessor lacked.
“It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”
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