Suicide Squad on Track for a Huge Opening Weekend

Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 1:24PM
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Suicide Squad
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 1:24PM
Suicide Squad on Track for a Huge Opening Weekend
Suicide Squad has been getting extremely positive buzz recently, and it looks like that's going to pay off in a huge way in its opening weekend. According to early box office tracking, the DC supervillain team-up is set to make approximately $125 million the weekend of August 5-7.

$125 million won't break any records for summer blockbusters in general, but it would still be a huge win for the DCEU. Suicide Squad is composed of heroes and villains that are mostly unknown to non-comics fans, while Batman v Superman had the two biggest superhero names right in the title and only made $166 million in its opening weekend.

If these numbers come to fruition, it could help the fledgling DCEU begin to compete with the established MCU. There has been talk of Suicide Squad serving a similar function as Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (which currently holds the August box office record): an unknown, quirky band of heroes that becomes a runaway summer success, but GotG only made 93 million in its opening weekend. If the word-of-mouth is as great (or almost as great) as it was for Guardians, or for Deadpool, which made $132 in its opening weekend despite its R-rating, Suicide Squad could become a huge box office success and an unqualified win for DC.

THR, who first reported the tracking, stated that the experts stressed the early nature of these predictions. This could very well mean that the $125 million number will go up or down, and it will likely depend on audience and critical reception. If Suicide Squad receives positive reviews, then it could potentially surpass Deadpool (albeit with a PG-13 rating) and possibly even rival Batman v Superman's opening haul. 

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.
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