SUICIDE SQUAD Continues to Reign #1, Climbing to $465.4m

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Updated August 15, 2016 at 9:56 a.m. EST: Warner Bros.'s divisive Suicide Squad fought off competitors Sausage Party and Pete's Dragon, continuing to be the box office champ in its secon week, according to Variety.

Domestically, the David Ayer-directed film has earned $222.9m - but its estimated $43.8m second weekend makes for a 67% slide from its opening weekend totals, just 2% shy of the spring's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Outside of North America, Suicide Squad raked in $58.7m across 62 territories for a total foreign take of $242m. Additionally, China's decision to block the Warner Bros. film has served Warner Bros. a $100m loss according to Variety, in what would have been the second biggest market for the film.

In total as of Sunday, Suicide Squad has earned $465.4m.

Updated August 10, 2016: Movie-goers came out Tuesday to see Suicide Squad, resulting in a 9% increase over Monday with $14.27m for a domestic total of $161m, according to Variety. That puts the film squarely ahead of its oft-compared rival Guardians of the Galaxy which opened in the same timeframe but had only garnered $117.9m at this point - with only a 1.6% Monday-to-Tuesday increase compared to Suicide Squad's 9% according to Box Office Mojo.

Digging even deeper into this yesterday's performance, Suicide Squad's Tuesday domestic box office of $14.27m outpaces the comparitive Tuesdays for other recent DC/Marvel hits including Captain America: Civil War ($13.76m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($13.1m), and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($12.7m).

Updated August 9, 2016: Suicide Squad continues to rule the box office, banking $13.1m on Monday - slightly lower than its predecessor Batman v Superman's $15.1m first Monday box office - and is expected to top its upcoming second weekend as well, according to Variety.

Next weekend pits Suicide Squad against three openings including the adult animated comedy Sausage Party, Disney's Pete's Dragon, and Meryl Streep vehicle Florence Foster Jenkins. Suicide Squad is on track to bring in as much as $48m next weekend, which would be a 65% drop from its opening, but still likely enough for it to top box office charts for a second week in a row. 

As of close of business on Monday, according to BoxOfficeMojoSuicide Squad's domestic box office total stands at $146.8m, which coupled with its foreign total of $133.3m makes for a total global box office of $280.1m.

Updated August 8, 2016: Despite a poor reception from critics, Warner Bros.'s Suicide Squad has broken records with a $135.1m domestic debut as of Saturday box office receipts, according to Variety. Combined with an international take of $132m from 57 markets (including absence in China and some troubles in Mexico), the David Ayer-directed flick has already earned $267.1m.

With those numbers, Suicide Squad has become the highest-grossing debut of all in films ever in the month of August - including 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, which had $94.3m domestically. This WB flick's numbers was helped partly by debut in 15 more international markets than the Marvel film at the time of release, but market-by-market Suicide Squad is even outpacing February 2016's 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 budget was $175m, but that's before the "tems of millions" spent on the summer reshoots.

Also interestingly, A-list icon Will Smith has beaten all his previous movies' opening weekends with Suicide Squad, but that's partly due to the rise in ticket prices since his last major opening weekend - 2007's I Am Legend, which had a $77.2m debut.

Suicide Squad is having trouble in Mexico however, as one of the country's major theater chains Cinemex dropped its planned showings of the film after a dispite with the local distributor, Universal Pictures Mexico, according to Variety. According to the chain, it was due to the distributor "suddenly changed our pre-negotiated conditions" on the chain, which has 296 locations in Mexico. According to the Hollywood trade, Cinemex had already pre-sold 75,000 tickets, with them now giving out refunds.

Updated August 5, 2016: Suicide Squad raked in $20.5 million on its Thursday preview night showings, dwarfing Guardians of the Galaxy's then-record breaking $11.2 million Thursday take from 2014. According to Variety, this puts the David Ayer-directed film on pace for a $125 million opening weekend internationally, which would unseat Guardians of the Galaxy as the highest August opening weekend ever.

If there's one hitch in Suicide Squad's step (aside from its poor reviews), it's that the film could be absent in China. According to The Hollywood Reporter, censors are still balking at the movie's violent, irreverent tone despite edits being made and the title being marketed in China as "Special Task Force X" rather than Suicide Squad. China is the world's second biggest film market, just behind the U.S., however not being released there isn't necessarily a deathknell, as Deadpool also didn't make it to Chinese screens and still made a big splash.

Original Story: Despite poor critical reception, international audiences seem to be flocking to Suicide Squad with its Wednesday international release. The film is already outpacing both Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy in overseas markets. According to Variety, Suicide Squad raked in $8.1 million overseas, with the major draws being France ($2.9m) and Korea ($2.7m).

Suicide Squad opens in another 57 markets this weekend, including the United States. The Hollywood trade currently projects the film to break $100m, with some previous estimates tracking it as high as $140 million.

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