Saturday, April 13, 2024

Box Office: “Suicide Squad” Smashes August Records Despite Efforts to Kill it by Fanboys


Everyone tried to kill “Suicide Squad.” I’ve never seen such hostility toward a movie that’s based on a comic book. On a comic book!

But it didn’t work. The DC Comics bonanza is eyed at $135.1. million for the weekend. That’s a record for an August release. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is now number 2 with $94.3 million.

Alas, “Suicide Squad” could have hit closer to $150 million if fan boys and others hadn’t tried to strangle it. The Friday opening of $65 million pointed to a possible bigger weekend. But a sharp drop off on Saturday put the kibosh on that.

With these numbers however, another “Suicide Squad” movie — actually two more– are inevitable since the cast signed for three movies. Plus there will be standalone movies for some of the characters starting with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and maybe Jared Leto’s Joker.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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