Despite negative reviews from critics, Suicide Squad opened with a record-breaking $133.7 million opening last weekend. Now, the DC film is in its second weekend of release, where it had to defend its #1 position from newcomers Sausage Party and Pete’s Dragon. How did Suicide Squad fare?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Suicide Squad held on to the top spot this weekend with an estimated $43.8 million gross in North America. The downside? That’s a 67% drop from its opening weekend. While it’s not as big a second-weekend drop as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (69%), it’s bigger than Man of Steel (65%). It’s also one of the biggest second-weekend declines for a major comic book movie.
Regardless, Suicide Squad is still doing pretty well at the box office. The film has now grossed $465.4 million worldwide; $222.9 million domestically and $242.5 million internationally. Warner Bros. reportedly spent $325 million to produce and market the movie, so to break even, its final gross has to be around $650 million worldwide. Can it make it? Time will tell.
In other news, Sausage Party exceeded expectations and grossed $33.6 million, coming in at #2. The R-rated animated comedy has a mere $19 million production budget. This serves as a much-needed win for Sony Pictures.
Meanwhile, Disney‘s live action/CG remake of Pete’s Dragon comes in at #3, opening with an underwhelming $21.5 million. However, the movie – a reimagining of the 1977 film of the same name – was only produced with a $65 million budget. Pete’s Dragon grossed an additional $5.1 million overseas, for a global opening of $26.6 million.
Stay tuned for more box office updates as we have them.
[Via Watchtower of Babel News]