The Suicide Squad captures top spot at weekend box office
According to Comscore estimates, the film made approximately $26.5 million across 4,002 screens. Disney's The Jungle Cruise dropped to second with $15.6 million.
It's worth noting that The Suicide Squad was also available -- for no extra charge -- to subscribers of HBO Max. When The Jungle Cruise debuted last weekend, it earned $34.1 million across 4,310 screens, and an additional $30 million globally via Disney+ Premier Access.
This growing coronavirus Delta variant, which has led to mask-wearing rules in some places, likely affected the box office, though exactly how much, was hard to measure, Comscore Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian, told EW on Sunday.
"It's difficult to assess the impact of the delta variant on consumer behavior as it relates to moviegoing, and that variable coupled with any attempt to judge the impact of the HBO Max non-premium release model on the performance of The Suicide Squad only adds to the difficulties when trying to crack the code of this very challenging (and admittedly interesting) movie marketplace environment," he told EW.
Rounding out the top 10 were the Matt Damon-starring Stillwater at No. 5 and $2.86 million, The Green Knight ($2.5M), Space Jam: A New Legacy ($2.4M), Snake Eyes ($1.6M), Escape Room: Tournament of Champions ($1.25M), and F9: The Fast Saga ($1.2M).