Box Office: The Suicide Squad confronts a villain in a tiny protein coat

The Suicide Squad with Margo Robbie is a raging flop as the lockdown bites hard.
Margot Robbie screams at the camera against a background of flowers

Grim news continues at the box office as half the country suffers through rolling lockdowns which turn cinemas into sets for the apocalypse. Look at the numbers: The Suicide Squad opened on 300 screens with $1.41 million. It is not streaming here, though sites are happily promoting US VPNs to hijack the US release.

Box Office Mojo helpfully points out that the original came out five years ago to $185 million in its first weekend, while this version arrived to $36 million. [All figures in AU$]. Reviewers clubbed the 2016 version but this one has fared much better. Since it is funny as well as explosive, even more punters may be watching at home on HBO Max. Warner Bros. has differentiated the old from the new by adding the word ‘The’ rather than calling it Suicide Squad 2. They are trapped because they rolling out many different variations of this DC sub-universe, all of which need clearer names.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.

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