As per Box Office data, Warner Bros. ‘The Suicide Squad’ is expected to generate approximately $30 million in its opening weekend.
As ‘The Suicide Squad’ was the only new movie to debut nationwide, it didn’t have much competition to top the charts in North America. Like the entire Warner Bros. 2021 film slate, “The Suicide Squad” is premiering simultaneously on HBO Max.
Some box office experts suggest that ticket sales could go above $30 million predict that revenues could surpass $40 million in its first three days of release. Though the numbers aren’t bad for pandemic times, it’s still not much for a debut for a film with a $180 million production budget.
As reported by Variety, however, the studio’s parent company WarnerMedia isn’t just relying on box office ticket sales. It’s also hoping “The Suicide Squad” will drive subscribers to HBO Max. The company hasn’t reported any specific metrics when it comes to streaming sign-ups, so it’s unclear if the latest Warner Bros. offerings have actually led to new paying customers.
It is important to note that – “The Suicide Squad” is not to be confused with the 2017 movie “Suicide Squad,” which was directed by David Ayer and featured Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Jared Leto, as well as an article-less title. The Warner Bros. film was ridiculed by critics, but nevertheless “Suicide Squad” generated a huge $746 million at the global box office.
The latest take on the band of baddies with nothing to lose was directed by James Gunn, the filmmaker behind Marvel’s wildly popular “Guardians of the Galaxy” series. He reassembled the Squad with one Harley Quinn (Robbie) and her lesser-known gang, including Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), Rich Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and King Shark (Sylvester Stallone).
Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” won’t come close to reaching the ticket sales amassed by Ayer’s “Suicide Squad,” which premiered to $133 million in the U.S. and Canada. Revenues for “The Suicide Squad” will likely be more in line with 2020’s “Suicide Squad” spinoff “Birds of Prey” which starred Robbie.
That film opened, which prior to the pandemic and fell short of expectations, generating $33 million in its debut and went on to make $84 million in North America and $201 million worldwide, reported Variety.
Though the COVID-19 situation has not yet been under control, Hollywood has plans to release numerous blockbuster hopefuls in the fall and winter, including “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (Sept. 24), the James Bond sequel “No Time to Die” (Oct. 8), Marvel’s “Eternals” (Nov. 5), Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” (Nov. 24) and “Matrix 4” (Dec. 22).