Last month, just before Comic-Con, Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad was being tracked by box office analysts who initially claimed the movie could earn $115 million in its opening weekend, which was upgraded to a $125 million debut shortly thereafter. With just a few days left until it his theaters, it seems that this comic book adaptation could fare even better at the box office, with a new report claiming that it's tracking between $130 million and $140 million over the three-day weekend. Even if it comes in far under that, it would still set a new box office record for the month of August.
As of now, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy holds the box office record for the highest August debut with $94.3 million. Now if it opens closer to the $140 million projection, The Wrap reports that it would secure the third-highest opening weekend this year, below Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million) and Warner Bros./DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million). Disney Pixar's Finding Dory currently has the third best opening weekend this year with $135 million, though it is the highest-grossing domestic release this year so far, with $469.1 million, with Deadpool landing in the fourth highest debut spot with $132.4 million.
It's also worth noting that full reviews will arrive tomorrow, which could have a positive or negative effect on the box office, depending on how the critics chime in. Still, the social media presence surrounding the movie is massive, with a report from ComScore revealing that there are 2.1 million social media conversations about the movie, which is by far the biggest for any upcoming movie. The next highest movie is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which doesn't hit theaters until December, but still spawned 965,411 social media conversations.
Suicide Squad follows the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and takes place in a post-Superman world where the government tries to determine how to respond in the event that an alien with more villainous intentions visits Earth. Ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) offers to recruit society's worst criminals, those possessing lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target: the possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).
When Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, Waller's plan gets the go-ahead. She cuts deals with the whole squad of prisoners: Deadshot (Will Smith) gets his Second Amendment rights reinstated, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is set free from her cage, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) steps out of his fireproof prison, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) each get to wield their signature weapons once more, and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) emerges from the swamp. The only condition is this: Obey orders or die. This is strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and of course the explosive devices - developed by Wayne Enterprises - inserted into their necks. However, the arrival of the tatted-up Gotham City mega-criminal, The Joker (Jared Leto), might doom the mission thanks to his plan to reunite with his true love, Harley. Stay tuned for more on Suicide Squad which hits theaters in just a few short days on August 5.