In the days, weeks and months leading up to Suicide Squad's debut at the box office, the projections kept getting bigger and bigger. At first, analysts predicted a $115 million debut, which would have still been enough to break the August opening weekend record of $94.3 million set by Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy two years ago. As the release got closer, the projections started to swell, with some believing it could take in more than $140 million. While Suicide Squad still couldn't hit that mark, it still shattered the record with $135.1 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Warner Bros. rolled out Suicide Squad in 4,255 theaters, with The Weinstein Company's Nine Lives also opening in wide release in 2,264 theaters, opening in sixth place with $6.5 million. The 4,255-theater rollout for Suicide Squad is fairly close to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's 4,242-theater debut back in March, which kicked off the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). While the early reactions for Suicide Squad were quite positive, the movie failed to impress critics with just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, although Nine Lives fared even worse with just a 4% rating.
Suicide Squad just barely secured the third-highest opening weekend this year, beating Finding Dory's $135 million, but that could change when the actual numbers are released on Monday. The debut falls 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 is still the highest-grossing domestic release this year so far, with $473.8 million, and the R-rated Deadpool lands in the fourth highest debut spot with $132.4 million. As expected, the top 5 is rounded out by Jason Bourne ($22.7 million), Bad Moms ($14.2 million), The Secret Life of Pets ($11.5 millio) and Star Trek Beyond ($10.2 million).
The top 10 is rounded out by Nine Lives ($6.5 million), Lights Out $6 million, Nerve ($4.9 million), Ice Age: Collision Course ($4.8 million) and Ghostbusters ($4.3 million). Originally, there was supposed to be another high-profile movie opening this weekend, The Weinstein Company's The Founder, starring Michael Keaton as McDonald's founder Ray A. Kroc. However, the studio recently pushed the movie into awards contention with an Oscar qualifying run starting December 16 and a nationwide expansion January 20, 2017. Also opening in limited release this weekend is Independent's The Brooklyn Baker, Citizen Soldier and The Remains, Rialto's Elevator to the Gallows, FilmRise's Five Nights in Maine, Strand's Front Cover, Magnolia's Little Men and Janus Films' Multiple Maniacs.
Looking ahead to next weekend, three new movies square off in what could be the most bizarre box office showdown of the year. The R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party squares off against Disney's family adventure Pete's Dragon and Paramount's inspirational drama Florence Foster Jenkins in wide release. Also arriving in limited release is Bleecker Street's Anthropoid, Independent's Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich and Edge of Winter, The Orchard's Ghost Team, GVN Releasing's The Fight Within, Lionsgate's Hell or High Water, Brainstorm Media's The Model, CJ Entertainment's Operation Chromite, Film Movement's My King and Abramorama's The Girl of the Golden West. Be sure to come back on Tuesday for next week's round of predictions. Until then, check out our projected top 10 for the weekend of August 5.
In Suicide Squad, when Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, Amanda Waller's plan to unite the baddest of the bad gets the go-ahead. She cuts deals with a whole squad of prisoners: Deadshot (Will Smith) gets his Second Amendment rights reinstated, Harley (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.
Nine Lives follows Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) as a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date - the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom's workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Rebecca's 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store's eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants.
En route to his daughter's party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected. If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.