Despite disappointing critical feedback, Suicide Squad had a record-breaking August opening. Despite a relatively high 67% drop-off in its second week and competition from Sausage Party, Kubo and the Two Strings, and more, it managed to maintain the #1 spot in the Box Office for three weeks straight. The Squad has so far garnered $275M domestic ($587M worldwide) as of Aug 26.
From director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead – 2013), Don’t Breathe hit theaters this week to an overwhelmingly positive critical and fan response. The film is currently sitting at 87% on Rotten Tomatoes with an uncommonly high B+ CinemaScore for an R-rated horror film. The film stars Stephen Lang (Avatar), Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps), and Daniel Zovotto (It Follows).
Based on a Saturday report by Deadline, Don’t Breathe is set to be the film to finally overtake Suicide Squad at the box office. It should easily hit the #1 spot with an estimated $22.4M opening, (compared to Suicide Squad’s expected 4th-weekend take of $11.5M). With a budget of only $9.9M, Don’t Breathe is overperforming compared to its low early weekend estimates of $11.5M-$14M. This will give the Sony’s Screen Gems their highest August opening yet.
Also hitting theaters this week are Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection, which is estimated for a box office take of $6.8M, along with Southside With You ($3M) and Hands of Stone ($1.8M).
Horror films are typically a solid investment, considering their relatively low-end budgetary needs and high potential payout. Considering how successful Don’t Breathe has already been, it’s likely that we have a new horror franchise on our hands.
Suicide Squad‘s ability to stay at the top of the box office was bolstered by its end of its summer release and slim competition, but it’s worth noting that it maintained that distinction for a whole week longer than its sister film this year, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Batman v Superman closed out its worldwide box office at $872M, but was only considered a modest box office success. Suicide Squad may be unlikely to match that number without a release in China, but coming in $75M less than BvS’ $250M budget, it may yet be the more profitable DCEU film of 2016.
Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad are now playing in U.S. theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.