Friday, May 24, 2024

Box Office: Critically Praised “Suicide Squad” Bombs with $26 Mil Opening, Over $100 Mil Less Than Original


Very, very disappointing.

There will be a lot of Monday morning quarterbacks discussing the fate of James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad.”

The second SS movie, and far better than the first, was a dud at the box office. Just $26 million opening weekend, over basi$100 million less than the original film.

The news is frustrating because people are missing a really fun film.

But confusion or boredom concerning the the title– almost the same as the original– may have played a part in the failure. Or fear of going to theaters in light of rising pandemic numbers again. Or basic dislike of the brand after the first one scored a huge opening but became derided over time.

Others will say the R rating kept kids away, it should have been a PG-13. A few snips would have remedied that, and Gunn could have had an R rated DVD release later.

And Warner Bros. doesn’t give numbers for HBO Max, where “TSS” was also playing.

Somehow I think this movie will grow as a cult film over time. But time is not what it has at the moment.

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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