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‘The Suicide Squad’ Falls Below Expectations With $25

Warner Bros’ “The Suicide Squad” is falling behind field workplace projections this weekend, incomes $12.1 million on Friday from 4,002 screens to earn an estimated $25 million opening weekend.

Prior to the weekend, James Gunn’s R-rated DC movie had been projected for a $30 million opening, near the $31 million launch seen final month for fellow Warner launch “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and the $33 million earned by DC’s “Birds of Prey” in February 2020.

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Like all Warner Bros. movies, “The Suicide Squad” has additionally been launched on HBO Max at no additional cost. It is tough at this level to find out how a lot the movie’s efficiency is being affected by that streaming availability and by different components like its R score. Warner Bros., nonetheless, has discovered record-breaking R-rated hits previous to the pandemic with “It” and “Joker.”

The excellent news is that in contrast to the 2016 “Suicide Squad,” reception has been very optimistic. While the movie obtained a B+ CinemaScore grade — identical as the primary “Suicide Squad” as audiences over 35 weighed down the grade — Rotten Tomatoes scores stand at 92% critics and 87% viewers with a 4/5 on Postrak. The earlier “Suicide Squad,” in contrast, had a rating of 26% critics and 59% viewers. If this robust reception results in optimistic phrase of mouth, the movie may keep away from a considerable Friday-to-Saturday drop.

Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is in second with an industry-estimated $14.eight million grossed in its second weekend, an honest 58% drop from the movie’s $35 million opening weekend that offers it a 10-day complete of $64 million. Universal’s “Old” is in a distant third with $3.eight million in its third weekend, giving it an estimated home complete of $38 million.

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In fourth is Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow,” which on Thursday handed “F9” to grow to be the highest-grossing post-shutdown launch on the home field workplace. With $3.5 million in its fifth weekend, “Black Widow” now has a complete of $173.9 million in comparison with $170.9 million for “F9.”

Focus Features’ “Stillwater” and A24’s “The Green Knight” are in a good race for the ultimate spot within the Top 5, with {industry} estimates at present giving the sting to “Stillwater” with $2.Four million in its second weekend and a $9.5 million 10-day complete. “The Green Knight” is simply behind with $2.31 and a 10-day complete of $11.eight million.

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