BOX OFFICE: R-Rated “Suicide Squad” has good Thursday, decent Friday but won’t open at $30 million

As it’s also available on HBO Max, this is a pandemic-depressed opening weekend that shouldn’t leave Warner Brothers in the red for James Gunn’s comic book reboot.

A $4.1 million Thursday night, the best Thursday night of the pandemic, Warners crowed, led into a $12 million Friday. That just won’t be enough to get “The Suicide Squad” over $30 million by midnight Sunday. Saturday is expected to see a steep fall-off from Friday.

“Black Widow” just cleared the $170 million mark for Marvel/Disney. But one wonders if the over-saturation of streaming comic book content hasn’t hastened the fall-off of this long-running blockbuster fad. The cost-benefit of such movies makes more sense for HBO Max, Disney+ or Netflix than it does as a theatrical money maker.

Are audiences finally tiring of Men in Tights?

Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” more family friendly, hit the $50 million mark its first week and should hit the $teens in second place this weekend. It earned almost $3 million Friday alone.

“Old” is fading fast, but already in the black thanks to its low production/cast cost.

“The Green Knight” did a robust (for an indie film) $9.5 million its first week, and should sit comfortably in the top five, even in the low single digits, for one more weekend.

Not so for “Stillwater,” which has earned over $7 and will fade enough this weekend that it should join “Snake Eyes” in losing a lot of screens next weekend.

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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