Like any of the great premieres during the pandemic, The suicide squad – 91% had to deal with the “responsibility” of being the film whose development at the box office was going to serve as a way to measure the near future of film studios, which have not yet released some of their films in view of the current situation, and like the new of James Gunn These are big budget projects. Unfortunately, as you may know, the film’s hit theaters was a huge flop even in America, and it would be easy to blame the simultaneous release for this.
Although other reasons can be mentioned, it was influenced by the fact that the confusing sequel to Suicide Squad – 25% It premiered on HBO Max at the same time as in theaters because it allowed audiences to stay home to watch the movie. For the WarnerMedia streaming platform this represented a success at least in the number of reproductions, but not at the box office as Warner Bros. would have expected. Deadline, which shares information from Samba TV, which measures the streaming audience in millions of households in the United States, Suicide squad surpassed almost all the titles that the company has released simultaneously (via Uproxx).
According to these data, other DC premieres such as Zack Snyder’s Justice League – 82% and Wonder Woman 1984 – 76% they were seen by fewer households. The first was seen in 3.2 million households and the second in 3.9 million households. It should be noted that the sequel to Wonder Woman – 92% if it was released in theaters as well, while the Justice League movie was only available from day one on HBO Max. The suicide squad surpassed both films by registering 4.7 million homes in its first three weeks of availability on the service.
The suicide squad debuted on August 6 and has raised a total of $ 142 million so far. According to the data of Box Office MojoThe budget it had was US $ 185 million, and of what it has obtained only US $ 50 million come from the United States. The reception of the film has been positive from critics and the public, but this is not reflected in its figures, which could have been different without the pandemic.
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Maybe this movie was destined to perform worse than Suicide Squad – 25% of 2016, which despite negative comments had a colossal success at the box office thanks to its US $ 746 million, with its local and international collection almost on par. After all, it is very difficult to sell to the public a sequel to a movie whose general view is “bad” despite its ticket sales. The brand of adaptation Suicide Squad He played against the new movie because of the way it was treated, no matter what else.
Warner Bros. knew this could happen so it was no accident that they decided on James Gunn and they will take some of the best characters back to combine with the new ones that were played by actors who could make audiences consider watching the film, as in the case of Sylvester Stallone in King Shark’s voice. However, no matter how hard they tried, and despite The Suicide Squad being a better product overall, the study failed.
For now, HBO Max’s biggest success in terms of simultaneous releases stays with Mortal Kombat – 74%, a film that was viewed by 5.5 million households and Godzilla vs. Kong – 85%, which remains in second place with 5.1 million households; The suicide squad landed in third place on this list.
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