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Withering reviews didn’t seem to hurt David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as it opened in its first overseas markets on Wednesday, grossing $8.1 million from seven territories.
South Korea led with $2.9 million, the fourth-biggest opening day for a superhero movie and the second-biggest opening day of all time for Warner Bros. It’s also the most substantial opening day for Will Smith. Even better, Warners says Suicide Squad came in 58 percent higher than fellow DC Extended Universe title Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and well ahead of Marvel and Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel and Fox’s Deadpool.
In France, Suicide Squad opened to $2.7 million, marking the biggest opening day for a 2016 superhero title (better than Batman v. Superman and Deadpool).
Suicide Squad is opening around the world this weekend, including North America, where it begins rolling out Thursday night. Tracking suggests Suicide Squad will do mega-business in its debut, including a domestic launch in the $130 million-$140 million range.
That means it could beat Fox and Marvel’s surprise hit Deadpool, the offbeat superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds that opened to a record $134.2 million in February and is on its way to grossing $782.6 million to become the top-grossing R-rated title of all time. Suicide Squad — another defining moment for the DC Extended Universe — has the advantage of a friendlier PG-13 rating.
In North America, Suicide Squad is almost assured of nabbing the top August debut of all time in North America and taking the crown from rival Marvel and Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy, also about a group of antiheroes. In August 2014, Guardians debuted to a surprise $94.3 million on its way to earning a muscle-bound $733.2 million. And Suicide Squad is likewise assured of scoring the second-best opening of summer 2016 after Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million).
Suicide Squad certainly doesn’t lack for star power, led by Will Smith, who remains one of the world’s most prominent movie stars, along with Jared Leto (as The Joker), Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne. The story, from a script by Ayer, follows a group of incarcerated supervillains who are released by a secret government agency to save the world from a dangerous threat.
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