The long-awaited film Suicide Squad 2 opened on more than 4,000 screens in the United States and grossed approximately $ 26.5 million at the North American box office. However, this result was not what was expected, since the film industry expected at least a total of 30 million, taking into account the current situation experienced by the covid-19 pandemic. The film has so far been screened in at least 70 different locations around the world. In this way, a total of 72 billion dollars has been raised, a result that does not favor the producers either. However Suicide Squad is currently the most watched movie on the HBO Max platform. This is attributed to the current covid-19 pandemic, in which viewers prefer to enjoy a movie from home. That is why releasing the film to the big screen at the same time as streaming will always be a risk and it is being reflected at the box office.
The production of Suicide Squad was 185 million dollars, a figure that so far is not profitable with what has been obtained at the box office. Although the Warner industry has not released streaming data or subscriptions related to the film, Jeff Goldstein, director of distribution for Warner Bros, indicated that all premieres have had a commensurate response on HBO Max. Movie trips, which at some point were expected to be closer to normal by now, continue to be affected by the pandemic, the delta variant of the coronavirus and streaming at home. The latest victim at the box office: “The Suicide Squad,” directed by James Gunn, a critically acclaimed, slaughter-ridden, high-potential movie that disappointed with $ 26.5 million in ticket sales. The Warner Bros. film, which launched simultaneously on HBO Max, did have a pandemic record: the best opening of an R-rated film. But “The Suicide Squad,” the first DC Comics film from the director of “ Guardians of the Galaxy, ”seemed to have the potential for greater success, and could have been if the delta variant didn't have many people at home.
Jeff Goldstein, director of distribution at Warner Bros, acknowledged that the recovery is taking longer than everyone wanted. "I think avid moviegoers have returned to theaters and are showing the first night and over the weekend," Goldstein said. “But who we do not see is the casual moviegoers, those who are interested and would have gone in a context prior to the pandemic. Right now, they are not quite there. " Just a month ago, the outlook for theaters was rosy. Marvel's "Black Widow" set the best record in the pandemic when it grossed $ 80 million in its North American premiere. Currently, that movie's hybrid release is at the center of a legal battle between star Scarlett Johansson and the Walt Disney Co., which has bigger ramifications for big-budget movie finances in the streaming age.