Box Office: ‘The Suicide Squad’ Disappoints With Just $72M Worldwide

  1. The Suicide Squad (review)- $26.5M

Well, I think many of us saw this coming. Look, Warner Bros. made a terrible strategic error when they decided it wise to release their films both in theaters and for free on HBO Max. The repercussions have been felt all year and now they’ve hit James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which opened with just $26.5M domestic and $72M worldwide. Oof. That hurts because the critically-panned but Oscar-winning 2016 Suicide Squad had $133M in its opening weekend on the way to about $800M. Obviously, reviews weren’t the problem in this case, it’s the ability to see it at home for no cost when the pandemic is still raging. It’s also questionable whether people wanted a new Suicide Squad movie at all, especially one that James Gunn and Warner Bros. tried so hard to push as being completely separate and definitely not a sequel.

2. Jungle Cruise– $15.6M/$65.3M

3. Old– $4.1M/$38.5M

4. Black Widow– $4M/$174.3M

Despite all of the negative buzz brought by Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney, Black Widow gained another $4M this week. That was enough to push it past F9’s $171M stateside total. The long-awaited Marvel film has $359M worldwide, which is roughly half of what F9 has done globally, though.

5. Stillwater– $2.8M/$10M

6. The Green Knight– $2.5M/$12.1M

7. Space Jam: A New Legacy– $2.4M/$65.6M

8. Snake Eyes– $1.6M/$26M

9. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions– $1.25M/$23M

10. F9: The Fast Saga– $1.23M/$171M

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.