Suicide Squad is bringing down the house in North America following a $20.5 million Thursday night of pre-shows. IMAX screenings accounted for $2.4 million, or 12% of the Thursday gross.
Putting that number in context, Suicide Squad‘s Thursday night is now the biggest preshow result of all time for an August release. It’s nearly twice the amount grossed by the previous record holder, Guardians of the Galaxy, which set the record with $11.2 million in 2014.
The film continues to succeed overseas, coming in first place in all of the 33 markets where it opened on Thursday and adding $20.8 million to its tally outside of North America. The film has grossed a total of $29.6 million from 40 overseas markets in only two days of release.
Suicide Squad turned in the biggest industry opening day of all time in Russia, where it grossed $3.9 million on 2,482 screens and claiming 93% of the top 5 market share.
Australia opened to $2.4 million on 516 screens and 74% of the top 5 market share, outpacing Guardians of the Galaxy by 205% and Deadpool by 18%. Olympic soccer couldn’t slow down the Brazilian debut, where it grossed $3 million (including previews) on 1,405 screens and becoming the country’s biggest opening day of all time in August.
Other Thursday openers include the Netherlands, where its $517k haul from 158 screens made it the biggest superhero bow of all time in the market.
Second day holds continue to be led by South Korea, where the film holds the #1 spot despite competition from local titles. Suicide Squad has grossed $4.7 million after two days in the market. France finished its second day with $4.2 million in the bank.
Suicide Squad expands to 17 additional markets on Friday, including the UK, Spain, and Mexico
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