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James Gunn directed the standalone sequel about DC’s team of antiheroes featuring a cast led by Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Peter Capaldi.
The Suicide Squad — the 10th film in the DC Extended Universe — is opening simultaneously on HBO Max at no extra charge.
Gunn’s critically acclaimed movie opens amid consumer concern over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and delta variant, which has stalled the box office recovery.
Warners is predicting only a $30 million domestic launch for the film, compared to $80 million a month ago for Disney and Marvel’s Black Widow (the latter started off with a pandemic-era best $13.2 million on Thursday night its opening weekend).
Making titles available in the home also cannibalizes box office to some degree as well as encourages piracy.
The Suicide Squad hopes to reinvigorate the franchise following 2016’s Suicide Squad, which was directed by David Ayer.
This time, the story follows the group of convicts to demolish a Nazi-era laboratory. Along the way, they encounter a giant alien name Starro.
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