Did Suicide Squad end up beating those mean old critics? Or did it end up crumpling under the pressure? The answer is yes and yes, which we can dive into right now.
DC’s newest film, Suicide Squad, has broken the August record, set by Guardians of the Galaxy, with a haul of $135.1 million. That’s quite a feat, and is an impressive take, there’s just one problem. See, movies don’t tend to drop over the course of a weekend by more than 20%. See, rates usually go up from Friday to Saturday, or stay within a small margin. From Friday to Saturday, Suicide Squad had a 40% drop. That’s not encouraging going forward, especially considering Warner Brothers has admitted that they need to make $800 million just to break even. Oof. I guess as long as they don’t have a 70% drop going into next week like Batman V. Superman, then they could theoretically have a shot. I dunno, man, but I will say that it’s better than a lot of the crap that came out this summer, so if you feel like it, check it out. Oh, and as a side note: interestingly, based on CinemaScore results, women are liking this film more than men. I’m not here to make conclusions for you (well, not right now, anyway), so make of this information what you will.
Speaking of massive drops, guess who people are losing interest in already? That’s right, it’s Jason Bourne. Taking in $22.7 million, the film has suffered a devastating 61% drop at the box office. The poor assassin is not only getting pummeled in his newest flick, he got pummeled by the #Squad. It’s a shame, really, because it is objectively the better film, even if there are a bunch of problems with it. Universal didn’t play this one smart at all. Had they waited just a few more weeks, they could have let DC have their fun and then dominated the late August-early September crap period. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. Sorry, Matt Damon.
Coming in third through fifth we have consistent underdog Bad Moms, as well as former champions The Secret Life of Pets and Star Trek Beyond. This tells me two things: people need escapism, and making films for women and children is a smart idea. These are not difficult concepts, and yet, for some reason, Hollywood has not caught on. Come on, studios, do it for the money.
Speaking of children’s films, I have not been doing my journalistic duty, and I apologize: you guys, there’s a film in theaters right now called Nine Lives, directed by renowned filmmaker Barry Sonnenfield, where Kevin Spacey turns into a cat. This is a real movie that was released. I have not seen it, because the studio refused to let critics in to check it out-which showed in the fact the film nearly pitched a Perfect Bucky Larson*. But I am tempted to go see it in theaters, which would just be amazing. If I did this, at least I’d be alone-the film has only made $6.5 million at the box office.
Warner Brothers continued their strong weekend with a solid little showing for the horror film Lights Out, which pulled in a healthy $6 million, and was followed closely by Lionsgate’s Nerve, which despite a stupid premise managed to pull in another $4.9 million. Coming in at 9th and 10th are the modest Ghostbusters and the massive failure that is Ice Age: Collision Course. That’s it for this weekend. You can check out the results below, and I will see you here next Monday.
- Suicide Squad — $135 million
- Jason Bourne — $22.7 million
- Bad Moms — $14.2 million
- The Secret Life Of Pets — $11.5 million
- Star Trek Beyond — $10.2 million
- Nine Lives — $6.5 million
- Lights Out — $6 million
- Nerve — $4.9 million
- Ghostbusters — $4.8 million
- Ice Age: Collision Course — $4.3 million
*This is an expression coming from the site Filmdrunk, based on the idea of pitching a perfect game in baseball. Referencing the 2011 disaster Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, to pitch a Perfect Bucky Larson is to have a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.