"Suicide Squad" Box Office Projections On the Rise; Tracking for $130-140M Debut

With less than a week to go until it opens, the latest box office projections for "Suicide Squad" predict the movie will make $130-140 million from domestic theaters its opening weekend. If "Suicide Squad" hits that mark -- over $135 million, specifically -- it'll be the third-highest opener of the year, dethroning Disney/Pixar's "Finding Nemo" sequel, "Finding Dory."

According to TheWrap, box office projections for "Suicide Squad" have only grown leading up to the DC Comics-based film's release. A report from two weeks ago estimated a $115 million for "Suicide Squad," while another from last week rose the estimate to $125 million. Now, with a $130-140 million opening weekend in sight, "Suicide Squad" has the potential to make more than "The Jungle Book" and "The Secret Life of Pets" in their respective openings.

Of course, "Suicide Squad" has a long way to go if it wants to beat 2016 juggernauts "Captain America: Civil War" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which raked in $180 million and $166 million, respectively, in their domestic openings. If "Suicide Squad" can creep over $132 million this weekend, it'll beat "Deadpool's" numbers from its freshman run.

With reviews coming out very soon, a positive general reaction will be absolutely necessary if "Suicide Squad" expects to hit the $130-140 million-mark. Otherwise, we could see the estimates drop rather quickly...

"Suicide Squad," based on the DC Comics team and starring Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo and Adam Beach as Slipknot, is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016.

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