Over the weekend, Warner Brothers released their latest DC film in theaters, Suicide Squad. It opened in 4255 theaters to the tune of 135 million dollars. With this haul, the film broke the previous record for biggest opening weekend in August, which belonged to Guardians of the Galaxy‘s 94 million. The film is also the first to cross the century mark in August.
Despite it’s strong opening haul, the film struggled to hold on to its audience over the weekend as it dropped 40.6% between Friday and Saturday. This drop is partially explained by the box office sites including Thursday’s preview haul of 20.5 million into Friday’s haul, though it may also be that the film suffered from bad word of mouth as a result of its B+ CinemaScore and lackluster reception from critics.
The film is the latest DC film to fracture critics and general audiences, with critics giving the film 26% on Rotten Tomatoes while audiences showing far more enjoyment in the film at 72%. Earlier this year a similar divide occurred with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as the film scored a low 27% from critics while audiences were kinder at 65%.
Warner Brothers are likely hopeful that Suicide Squad gets a lighter drop in its second weekend than its predecessor, as Batman v Superman dropped 69.1% following its 166 million dollar opening. However, with only a slightly higher CinemaScore (B+ compared to BvS’ B), and a similar divide among critics and audiences, the film might struggle to hold onto its audiences in its second weekend.