The Suicide Squad opens to wild success atop the box office

By Tribute on August 8, 2021 | Leave a Comment

The Suicide SquadAfter impressing critics, James Gunn‘s stand-alone sequel The Suicide Squad debuted to an impressive $26.5 million to kick off the month of August. The film’s debut represents one the top five openings at the box office since Covid-19 restrictions had been pulled back and serves as a nice return for the DC Comics film with an opening comparable DC’s 2020 release Birds of Prey. Featuring an ensemble cast headlined by Margot Robbie and Idris Elba and a Certified Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, The Suicide Squad will look to break the trend of steep second weekend declines. If audiences continue to respond as they have, that shouldn’t be an issue.

Following last week’s stellar debut, Disney’s live-action adaptation of their theme park ride Jungle Cruise dropped to second place. The action adventure flick starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt saw a 57 percent drop this past weekend for a gross of $15.7 million. The steep drop continues a trend for most of this year’s big releases with the film’s day-and-date release and loss of IMAX screens to The Suicide Squad contributing to the drop. All told, the film’s domestic total now stands at just $65 million over 10 days.

Landing at third was M. Night Shymalan‘s latest thriller, Old. The thriller saw a modest drop of 45 percent this week for a weekend gross of $4.1 million haul. Its domestic total now stands at just under $38.5 million over its 17 days of release.

After weeks of inconsistency, Marvel’s Black Widow finally managed to stabilize with a mere 44 percent drop this past weekend. The solo outing for Scarlett Johansson‘s superhero brought in over $4 million this past weekend, helping push the film past F9: The Fast Saga to become the year’s highest-grossing film to date. Over its 31 days of release, the film has now brought in just under $$180 million.

Rounding out the top five is Matt Damon’s Stillwater. The crime drama brought in an additional $2.86 million at the box office to push its 10-day dometic total to over $10 million. ~Paolo Maquiraya

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