Box Office: “Suicide Squad” on track for $140 million, “Bourne” plummets, “Nine Lives”cracks top ten


It set a midnight showings record on Thursday — over $20 million. That helped the critically dismissed “Suicide Squad” blow up to an epic $63 million opening day — or opening day plus one.

And that sets the Warner Brothers DC Comics adaptation up for a $140 million weekend, the high end of expectations and an August opening weekend record. Will it be enough for it to break even? Estimates that suggest it needs to earn $750 million worldwide to make money seem a stretch, but it needs to earn and earn on into the school year to put the studio in the black on it. It could happen, but any steep Saturday fall-off could puncture that balloon.

Speaking of deflated, “Jason Bourne” took a pretty steep (64% Friday) dive on its second weekend. It will still clear $100 million by Sunday, but JB has no legs.

The middling “Secret Life of Pets” has them, and will be over $319 million by Sunday. You can’t go too far wrong with a kids’ cartoon. Even “Ice Age: Collision Course” is making money, though at $53 million after three weeks, it stands as one of the summer’s biggest flops.

“Star Trek Beyond” is losing theaters and losing audience, but is up to $127 million domestic.

“Ghostbusters” is also losing theaters and trailing off, but will have cleared $116 million by Sunday. It still looks as if $125-130 million will be its all-in total by the time it runs out of gas. Not a flop, but no sequel is guaranteed when “won’t quite break even” goes into the books.

Another kids’ newcomer, the imported “Nine Lives,” cracked the top ten. Cat videos on the web do great, why not a kitty movie for kids? $6 million isn’t a bad take.

“Bad Moms” and “Lights Out” have turned out to be two of the summer’s low-budget sleeper hits, both in the $50 million and counting range.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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