David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” took the box-office this weekend in numbers both astonishing and alarming for different reasons. The good news – it opened in first place domestically with an estimated $135.1 million opening, the biggest ever for the month of August.
The film also dominated the global scene where it managed $132 million from 57 territories over its first five days. At the end of its first weekend, it has managed a worldwide total of $267.1 million.
A closer look at the numbers though on the domestic front has also revealed one alarming statistic – the film plunged 41% on Saturday – dropping from $65.3 million to $38.8 million on Saturday and $31 million on Sunday. That Friday to Saturday drop is steeper than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” which fell 38% between its first and second day.
The film also received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences – that’s ahead of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (B), but not a good indicator. Other comic book adaptations to score a B+ include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3,” “Thor,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Wanted,” “The Green Hornet,” and “Kick Ass 2”.
The film’s director has already reacted to the box-office news, saying:
Thank you thank you thank you! To the folks making @SuicideSquadWB a success this weekend. It's just a fun Summer movie with a good heart.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 7, 2016