Despite being given the poor reception by online critics (not limited to Rotten Tomatoes,) Warner Bros’ and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad has broken box office records with a $135.1m domestic debut as of Saturday’s box office totals, according to Variety. Combined with an international takeaway of $132m from 57 markets (including a steep absence in China and some troubles in Mexico), the David Ayer-directed summer blockbuster has already earned $267.1m worldwide
With those enormous numbers, Suicide Squad has become the highest-grossing debut of all in films to ever premiere in August – Including 2014’s tremendous hit from their rival company Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy, which made $94.3m domestically. The WB movie’s success was partly helped by them debuting in 15 more international markets than the Marvel film at the time of release, but going market-by-market Suicide Squad is even out doing February 2016’s highest-grossing rated R film: Deadpool.
“It bested anything that we could have expected,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The marketing campaign was brilliant and the performances by the cast, starting with Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, were just extraordinary. They’re fun and wicked and fans enjoy it.”
According to Variety, Suicide Squad‘s initial budget was $175m, but that’s before the “tens of millions” spent on the summer re-shoots to make it more light-hearted.
On an interesting side-note, A-list actor and icon Will Smith has beaten out all of his previous movies’ opening weekends with Suicide Squad, but that is partly due to the increase in ticket prices since his last major opening weekend -2007’s breakout hit – I Am Legend, which made $77.2m in its debut weekend.
Suicide Squad has run into a lot of trouble in Mexico however, as one of the country’s leading theater chains Cinemex has dropped its planned showings of the film after a dispute with local distributor, Universal Pictures Mexico, according to Variety. According to the chain, it was emphatically due to the distributor’s “suddenly changed out pre-negotiated conditions” on the chain, which has 296 locations in Mexico. According to the Hollywood trade, Cinemex has already pre-sold 75,000 tickets, with them now issuing full refunds.
Information provided by Newsarama.
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