Aug 16, 2016

    Suicide Squad makes $79m overseas 'killing'


    SUICIDE Squad topped foreign box-office charts for a second consecutive week.

    The super villain adventure picked up US$58.7 million (S$79 million) from 15,600 screens across 62 territories, pushing its global gross to US$465.4 million.

    That is a big haul but Warner Bros spent lavishly on the film, shelling out US$175 million to produce the movie and north of US$100 million to market it. It needs to be one of the year's biggest hits for the studio to turn a profit.

    To that end, the film is fighting bad reviews and poor word-of-mouth as it tries to keep bringing in crowds.

    It also has been denied an entry into China, depriving it of as much as US$100 million in revenue.

    Domestically, the film slid a painful 67 per cent in its second weekend, earning US$43.8 million.

    In second place, Illumination Entertainment and Universal's The Secret Life Of Pets racked up US$40 million from 48 territories.

    The animated hit has made US$592.6 million globally on a US$75 million budget.

    Line Walker, a Hong Kong-Chinese crime film, took third place, earning US$26 million.