The latest installment of the DC Extended Universe, Suicide Squad, opened this week with an impressive first-day box office haul of $20.5 million on Thursday night previews alone, totaling out to a $65 million Friday total. By the weekend’s close, David Ayer’s bad-guys-doing-kind-of-good action blockbuster may even topple August opening records previously set by Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Suicide Squad may be getting mixed reviews for various reasons, but with a huge turnout of female viewers and the infamy of its key characters, the box office predictions all fall between $147 to $150 million for the film’s opening weekend. The film cost Warner Bros. a total of $175 million to make, and with international totals already at $64.6 million, the studio is fast on its way to making a profit. The question then becomes: will it hold up better than its predecessor in the coming weeks?
Earlier this year, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice also went above expectation on its opening weekend. The film brought in a total of $166 million upon its opening, but ticket sales dropped rapidly over the following weeks, closing the movie out at around $870 million worldwide. Support in the face of the franchise’s previous adversity seems to be weighing out reviews that have found the film otherwise unimpressive — and it’s all showing in the money this time around.
Variety reports that Fandango saw Suicide Squad pre-sales rise to their highest of all time, knocking Guardians of the Galaxy out of its previous top spot. The movie opens against pretty soft competition, too: Kevin Spacey’s Nine Lives, co-starring Christopher Walken, is its only major rival for this weekend’s opening competition.
The film’s popularity among young viewers and women also stands out among the crowd, with ladies making up 49 percent of the viewing audience and ticket buyers under 18 making up 28 percent of the sales. While some number crunchers seem bewildered, fans certainly aren’t. The film’s diverse roster gives it a chance to put a rare focus on Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn (already a popular character in her own right) along with incredible actors like Will Smith and Viola Davis in the roles of Deadshot and Amanda Waller, respectively. While fans only got a strange, short glimpse of Jared Leto’s Joker, Suicide Squad ultimately up set many story lines within the big screen universe, and featured cameos of other beloved characters as well.
No matter how disappointing certain aspects of the movie might be for some, Suicide Squad at least exists as a turning point in several ways for the universe. Now it’s up to Wonder Woman to bring us on home.
Suicide Squad is now in theaters, set to be followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; 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 and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.