‘The Suicide Squad’ To Battle Global Pandemic & Dynamic Windows As James Gunn DC Pic Aims For $70M WW Weekend

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The Suicide Squad is a 2021 American superhero film based on the DC Comics team Suicide Squad. Produced by DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, and The Safran Company, and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). wikipedia.orgThe Suicide Squad (film)

While the delta variant continues to be a stumbling block for the overseas box office, it’s not entirely certain that’s the continuing case at the domestic box office as more people become vaccinated.

Despite comfort levels for moviegoing being down over the last three weeks per NRG, it’s not all doom-and-gloom with such parameters on par with mid-May, just prior to the successful theatrical windowed launch of A Quiet Place Part II ($57M 4-day). Analysts tell me that if the delta variant was indeed crimping the domestic box office, we wouldn’t have seen an overindexed domestic debut of Disney’s the Jungle Cruise this past weekend which beat its $25M projection with $35M; or the previous launch of Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy which outstripped its $20M forecast with a $31M stateside start. In addition, if the delta variant was such a monkey wrench to the box office, we would have seen Disney+ Premier PVOD monies on Jungle Cruise outperform its domestic box office results; Samba TV reporting that U.S. terrestrial households pulled in an estimated $23.3M last Friday through Sunday. Overseas is another scenario which we detail below.

Just keep all of this in mind as we watch the ticket sales for the third DC Harley Quinn movie, this one directed by Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn, The Suicide Squad from Warner Bros. The movie hits theaters and HBO Max day-and-date around the globe where the service is available. Total global opening we’re pegging is at $70M; $30M from 4,000 U.S./Canada theaters and $40M from abroad. Stateside, unlike previous Warner Bros./HBO Max movies, there will be Thursday previews starting at 7PM. It would not be shocking should Suicide Squad approach $40M domestic; the movie given Gunn’s zany comedic touch is roaring on Rotten Tomatoes at 96% Certified Fresh from 110 reviews, blowing away the critical reception of the first 2016 Suicide Squad movie which had 26% rotten and 2019 spinoff Birds of Prey which was 79% certified fresh. Like Birds of Prey, Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is rated R; the first David Ayer directed movie received a PG-13 rating.

The first Suicide Squad in 2016, despite its critical backlash and lackluster B+ CinemaScore, still holds the biggest domestic opening for August with $133.7M. The movie legged out to 2.4x multiple at the domestic B.O. with $325.1M, for a grand global total of $746.8M. That’s very impressive given the fact that I’m constantly told that the first movie was poorly received (this coupled with Ayer’s further distancing himself from the studio’s cut on social media recently). Birds of Prey, directed by Sundance Film Festival wonder Cathy Yan, was less impressive at the box office, but in hindsight looks like a glamorous success by pandemic standards as it opened to $33M stateside before the exhibition lockdown in February 2020 and seeing an $84.1M domestic result and $201.9M global result.

Gunn’s The Suicide Squad got off to a confirmed $6.7M start in five international box office markets this past frame, including a $4.5M No. 1 UK debut that outdistanced fellow opener Jungle Cruise by 50%. Of the other majors where it launched last session, France gave TSS a $1.7M start, landing behind a new local title. This weekend, the sequel adds essentially all markets that are currently operating (64 in total) save Japan which goes August 13. The films in this DC series do not play in China.

Given the pandemic and the various restrictions in offshore markets which are constantly shifting, it would be incongruous to comp to the 2016 Suicide Squad which went on to final at $422M overseas (57% of the worldwide gross). Rather, 2020 spinoff Birds Of Prey lends itself as a somewhat better comp since it was released as Covid was taking flight and offshore markets were growing cautious. The opening on that movie, in like-for-like markets (including last weekend’s bows), was $36.6M at today’s rates.

Traditionally, the strongest DC markets are in Europe and Latin America. In 2016, Suicide Squad’s best plays were the UK, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Russia. In 2020, BOP’s tops were the UK, Mexico, France, Australia and Russia. However, we are in a tricky environment. While the UK is doing well in the current landscape, Mexico has a number of states on increased alert, France is dealing with confusion over the requirement of a health pass (Italy is introducing its own health pass this Friday), and Australia is about 40% closed with Sydney still locked down. Also notably this coming frame, France is opening what is considered to be the most-anticipated local movie of the summer with Jean Dujardin-starrer OSS 117: From Africa With Love (this is why Warners went early there last week with The Suicide Squad).

Meanwhile, Jungle Cruise, which continues to pace like Dwayne Johnson’s pre-pandemic Rampage in its first week (the Disney pic’s Tuesday of $4.76M beat the latter video game feature adaptation’s first Tuesday of $3.4M), won’t look like that 2018 New Line movie in weekend 2, no thanks to its availability on Disney+ Premier and piracy, and the fact that the pic will lose its premium large format screens to Suicide Squad. As such expect at least a -60% drop on Jungle Cruise. The pic’s five day gross stands at an estimated $43.5M, dollars and cents higher than Rampage‘s $41.6M over the same period of time.

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Pop Jedi Ep. 24 - Analysis of One Harley Quinn

Comic Book Movie 04 August, 2021 - 03:50pm

After Warner Bros. released Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of “Justice League,” fans are rallying for the company to release David Ayer’s cut of his 2016 supervillain team-up movie “Suicide Squad” after he confirmed its existence in an emotional letter last week. The stars of “Suicide Squad” weighed in on the Ayer cut at the premiere of “The Suicide Squad,” the follow-up by director James Gunn, on Monday.

“I think that’s all a very complicated situation that I am probably not responsible for,” Margot Robbie, who plays the iconic Harley Quinn in both Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” and Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” told Variety‘s Marc Malkin.

However, that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t like to see it. “I would want to see the cut of every movie I’ve been a part of that I’ve never seen,” she said. “The funny thing is that when you’re an actor — not when you’re a producer — as an actor, sometimes I don’t see it until half the country has seen it. You don’t really get to see the different iterations along the way, unless you’re a producer.”

The call for Warner Bros. to release the Ayer cut intensified last week after Ayer slammed the studio cut of “Suicide Squad.”

“I put my life into ‘Suicide Squad.’ I made something amazing. My cut is an intricate and emotional journey with some bad people who are shit on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul.) The studio cut is not my movie,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Joel Kinnaman, who plays Colonel Rick Flag in both films, also said it should be released. “Yeah, why not? You always want to see the director’s vision.”

During an appearance on the “Just For Variety” podcast in June, Kinnaman told Malkin that he was disappointed with “Suicide Squad.” “I thought the first 40 minutes of the film were fucking great, and then there were conflicting visions and it just didn’t end up being what we all hoped it was. It didn’t feel like the movie that we hoped we were going to make,” Kinnaman said.

When asked if Ayer’s cut should be released, John Cena, who plays Peacemaker in “The Suicide Squad,” said, “It’s in a company’s best interest to listen to their audience, and if it’s something that’s so in demand and they got it, why not?

As for the new “The Suicide Squad,” Robbie says she loves what Gunn has done with Harley Quinn. “He definitely got her voice and the tone of how unpredictable she can be. There are a lot of twists in this film, and people will definitely be caught off guard at times,” she said. “He was able to push the comedy in a certain direction and the violence in a certain direction and let Harley loose.”

Cena added, “One of the things James does so well, among all the other stuff, is he’s so active with his audience. He really is interactive with the people that are diehards of the IP and know the material. So if you want to talk about somebody who knows your audience, they picked the right guy for this project.”

“The Suicide Squad” is in theaters on Aug. 6.

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Why The Suicide Squad Reviews Are So Positive

Screen Rant 04 August, 2021 - 01:01pm

The Suicide Squad's reviews have been extremely positive, with critics praising James Gunn's movie for its action, humor, and Task Force X Characters.

So far, The Suicide Squad's reviews have been incredibly positive, with critics mostly loving James Gunn's DCEU movie and it hitting a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Following on from 2016's Suicide Squad, Gunn's movie is neither full reboot nor a complete sequel, but instead its own unique thing that just so happens to have some returning character and actors. Its story and characters aside, one key way The Suicide Squad has differentiated itself from its successor- and many other DC movies - is with its reviews.

Although things have started to turn around, WB's shared DC universe has suffered from a rather negative critical reception, in particular for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (28% on Rotten Tomatoes), Suicide Squad (26%), and Justice League (40%). There are certainly some variables in there, with audiences have different levels of appreciation for the movies, the latter two being damaged by studio interference, and more besides. But in terms of its reviews, The Suicide Squad fits more with the likes of Wonder Woman (93%) and Shazam! (90%).

Even there, though, The Suicide Squad is a cut above. At the time of writing, Gunn's movie holds a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 111 reviews, of which only four are considered "rotten". That's an impressive tally for any superhero movie, not just the DCEU - the only superhero movie with a higher Rotten Tomatoes rating currently is the widely-loved Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which sits on 97%. The reviews speak to Gunn's abilities as a writer and director, capable of crafting a big action movie that juggles an array of weird and wonderful characters, boasts a lot of humor, and also plenty of heart. Here's what some of the positive The Suicide Squad reviews are saying:

Screen Rant:

"The Suicide Squad, from the mind of James Gunn, is both wickedly entertaining and shamelessly depraved fun set in the DC movie world... [It] really showcases Gunn's stylistic and comedic flair that is expertly balanced with R-rated action and horror."

CBR:

"Gunn, reteaming with cinematographer Henry Braham (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), creates a visually impressive film, with an eye for action and an even better one for comedy. The film is unabashedly silly, gory, and weird."

AV Club:

"In many ways, the gleefully profane, anything-goes mayhem of The Suicide Squad feels like a mega-budget version of the Troma Studios productions that gave Gunn his start. And thank goodness for that."

Perri Nemiroff:

"One of the franchise's biggest, bloodiest and most bizarre movies yet - and also one of its best."

LA Times:

"Gunn’s insouciant swagger isn’t entirely devoid of warmth or sentimentality, and the bonds of kinship that emerge between comrades — warm little cracks in the movie’s nihilistic facade — can’t help but sneak their way into your own affections."

USA Today:

"Embraces a superhero vibe (even chock-full of morally questionable rogues hoping the government doesn't blow their heads off) and adds elements of workplace comedy, gritty war movie, dysfunctional family drama and kaiju disaster flick."

Nerdist:

"The Suicide Squad might be the kindest superhero film ever made. Sure, it's about criminals forced into life-threatening missions at the promise of freedom and the threat of death. But under all that ultra violence lies something far sweeter."

It's clear from The Suicide Squad reviews that its an incredibly entertaining action-comedy, but what also stands out is Gunn's use of horror elements and gore. That taps into his Troma roots in a way Guardians of the Galaxy never really did (or could, because it's designed to be more family friendly). Essentially, this is Gunn fully unleashed, able to do just about anything he wants, which results in plenty of mayhem, carnage, and a movie that delivers on its billing. At the same time, though, Gunn finds a necessary balance: The Suicide Squad wouldn't work if he didn't make audiences care about the characters and, like he did with Guardians, Gunn imbues The Suicide Squad's band of oddballs and misfits with enough charm and heart that there's a sweetness to the movie too, as noted by several reviews. Still, not every review for The Suicide Squad is positive - here are some of the more negative takes:

Little White Lies:

"Not a single gag lands and most of them offend. This might actually be worse than the first one."

Irish Independent:

"Though not to be confused with the 2016 action caper Suicide Squad, James Gunn's noisy sequel aims for a similar style and tone -- trashy and unpleasant. In this, and this alone, it succeeds."

iNews:

"The Guardians of the Galaxy-style goofiness mixed in with lingering shots of maimed lasagne-like innards feels queasy and all wrong; it's like someone exposing themselves at a wedding."

Even some of the positive reviews note that not everything in Gunn's movie works - which is to be expected when it has so many different characters, and throws so much at the screen. That's then particularly reflected in the negative reviews, which criticize the film for being offensive and unpleasant. Mileage will invariably vary on that front, but this is an incredibly gory film, with Gunn holding nothing back as bodies are torn in half and heads explode. It's also a fairly juvenile one at times, as evidenced by the dick jokes seen in the trailer (and there are plenty more of its ilk in the film).

All of that means it inevitably won't be for everyone, but generally this is an extremely well-made blockbuster: with huge set-pieces, compelling, colorful characters, an entertaining story, and a layer of emotion underneath it all. It isn't a perfect movie by any means, but it's easy to see why most of The Suicide Squad's reviews are so positive.

‘The Suicide Squad’ To Battle Global Pandemic & Dynamic Windows As James Gunn DC Pic Aims For $70M WW Weekend

IGN 04 August, 2021 - 11:45am

While the delta variant continues to be a stumbling block for the overseas box office, it’s not entirely certain that’s the continuing case at the domestic box office as more people become vaccinated.

Despite comfort levels for moviegoing being down over the last three weeks per NRG, it’s not all doom-and-gloom with such parameters on par with mid-May, just prior to the successful theatrical windowed launch of A Quiet Place Part II ($57M 4-day). Analysts tell me that if the delta variant was indeed crimping the domestic box office, we wouldn’t have seen an overindexed domestic debut of Disney’s the Jungle Cruise this past weekend which beat its $25M projection with $35M; or the previous launch of Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy which outstripped its $20M forecast with a $31M stateside start. In addition, if the delta variant was such a monkey wrench to the box office, we would have seen Disney+ Premier PVOD monies on Jungle Cruise outperform its domestic box office results; Samba TV reporting that U.S. terrestrial households pulled in an estimated $23.3M last Friday through Sunday. Overseas is another scenario which we detail below.

Just keep all of this in mind as we watch the ticket sales for the third DC Harley Quinn movie, this one directed by Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn, The Suicide Squad from Warner Bros. The movie hits theaters and HBO Max day-and-date around the globe where the service is available. Total global opening we’re pegging is at $70M; $30M from 4,000 U.S./Canada theaters and $40M from abroad. Stateside, unlike previous Warner Bros./HBO Max movies, there will be Thursday previews starting at 7PM. It would not be shocking should Suicide Squad approach $40M domestic; the movie given Gunn’s zany comedic touch is roaring on Rotten Tomatoes at 96% Certified Fresh from 110 reviews, blowing away the critical reception of the first 2016 Suicide Squad movie which had 26% rotten and 2019 spinoff Birds of Prey which was 79% certified fresh. Like Birds of Prey, Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is rated R; the first David Ayer directed movie received a PG-13 rating.

The first Suicide Squad in 2016, despite its critical backlash and lackluster B+ CinemaScore, still holds the biggest domestic opening for August with $133.7M. The movie legged out to 2.4x multiple at the domestic B.O. with $325.1M, for a grand global total of $746.8M. That’s very impressive given the fact that I’m constantly told that the first movie was poorly received (this coupled with Ayer’s further distancing himself from the studio’s cut on social media recently). Birds of Prey, directed by Sundance Film Festival wonder Cathy Yan, was less impressive at the box office, but in hindsight looks like a glamorous success by pandemic standards as it opened to $33M stateside before the exhibition lockdown in February 2020 and seeing an $84.1M domestic result and $201.9M global result.

Gunn’s The Suicide Squad got off to a confirmed $6.7M start in five international box office markets this past frame, including a $4.5M No. 1 UK debut that outdistanced fellow opener Jungle Cruise by 50%. Of the other majors where it launched last session, France gave TSS a $1.7M start, landing behind a new local title. This weekend, the sequel adds essentially all markets that are currently operating (64 in total) save Japan which goes August 13. The films in this DC series do not play in China.

Given the pandemic and the various restrictions in offshore markets which are constantly shifting, it would be incongruous to comp to the 2016 Suicide Squad which went on to final at $422M overseas (57% of the worldwide gross). Rather, 2020 spinoff Birds Of Prey lends itself as a somewhat better comp since it was released as Covid was taking flight and offshore markets were growing cautious. The opening on that movie, in like-for-like markets (including last weekend’s bows), was $36.6M at today’s rates.

Traditionally, the strongest DC markets are in Europe and Latin America. In 2016, Suicide Squad’s best plays were the UK, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Russia. In 2020, BOP’s tops were the UK, Mexico, France, Australia and Russia. However, we are in a tricky environment. While the UK is doing well in the current landscape, Mexico has a number of states on increased alert, France is dealing with confusion over the requirement of a health pass (Italy is introducing its own health pass this Friday), and Australia is about 40% closed with Sydney still locked down. Also notably this coming frame, France is opening what is considered to be the most-anticipated local movie of the summer with Jean Dujardin-starrer OSS 117: From Africa With Love (this is why Warners went early there last week with The Suicide Squad).

Meanwhile, Jungle Cruise, which continues to pace like Dwayne Johnson’s pre-pandemic Rampage in its first week (the Disney pic’s Tuesday of $4.76M beat the latter video game feature adaptation’s first Tuesday of $3.4M), won’t look like that 2018 New Line movie in weekend 2, no thanks to its availability on Disney+ Premier and piracy, and the fact that the pic will lose its premium large format screens to Suicide Squad. As such expect at least a -60% drop on Jungle Cruise. The pic’s five day gross stands at an estimated $43.5M, dollars and cents higher than Rampage‘s $41.6M over the same period of time.

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