was , and directed by James Gunn -- the man behind series -- so you'd expect box office fireworks, right?
Well, sort of. The numbers are in foropening numbers and... they're difficult to interpret.
During its opening weekend The Suicide Squad earned just $26.5 million, but it's difficult to figure out precisely whether or not that's a success or not. It's the second lowest opening box office weekend in DCEU history, behind , which was released during a far more challenging COVID-related time period. That movie garnered just in its opening weekend.
Twenty-six and a half million dollars is below expectations for a movie with a $185 million budget -- many expected it could hit $40 million. By comparison, posted a $40 million opening day and movies like Jungle Cruise did $35 million in its opening weekend.
The Suicide Squad is an R-rated movie, which limits the audience, but $26.5 million is a number barely above other R-rated movies like, which scored $23.3 million, and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, which hit $24.1 million. By most measures, it appears as though The Suicide Squad, as of right now, is under-delivering at the box office.