Just last month, analysts had Suicide Squad on track to open at the North American box office somewhere in the $115-$125 million range. Even if it were to come in at the low-end of that range, Suicide Squad would easily surpass the current August opening weekend record of $94.3 million which was set by Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.
The Wrap is now reporting that tracking figures have been climbing with the nationwide release only days away. Suicide Squad is now expected to open in the $130-$140 million range; however, Warner Bros. is keeping their expectations a bit more conservative, predicting an opening closer to $125 million.
Based on the numbers, Suicide Squad will at least have the fifth-best opening weekend, passing The Secret Life of Pets which took in $104.3 million. If Suicide Squad comes in at the high-end of its range, it could have the third-best opening of the year. Currently, Finding Dory is third-best with $135 million and Deadpool is fourth-best with $132.4 million.
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?
Written and directed by David Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film stars Will Smith ("Ali"), Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Margot Robbie ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Joel Kinnaman ("RoboCop") and Viola Davis ("The Help"). The cast also includes Jai Courtney ("Insurgent"), Jay Hernandez ("Takers"), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Thor: The Dark World"), Ike Barinholtz ("Neighbors"), Scott Eastwood ("Fury"), Cara Delevingne ("Paper Towns"), Adam Beach ("Cowboys & Aliens"), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Suicide Squad opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters beginning August 5, 2016.