"Suicide Squad" Outpaces "Guardians" With $8.1 Million Overseas Debut

Marvel's "Guardians" provides more of an apples-to-apples comparison, as it opened at about the same time in 2014 before going on to earn more than $773 million worldwide. Of course, that film didn't have to contend with the negative early reviews that "Suicide Squad" has received.

Much of the Warner Bros. film's overseas haul came from South Korea, where it opened with $2.9 million, and France, where it raked in $2.7 million. "Suicide Squad" is expected to earn more than $100 million internationally this weekend as it unspools in another 57 markets.Variety reports the film is expected to pull in $125 million domestically this weekend, down slightly from previous projections of $130 million to $140 million. If it does that, "Suicide Squad" will set a new U.S. record for an August debut.

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The film cost an estimated $175 million to produce, with Warner Bros. spending millions more on marketing and distribution. It reportedly needs to make about $750 million worldwide for the studio to consider it a financial success.

Directed by David Ayer, "Suicide Squad" tars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.

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