“Suicide Squad” led the North American box office for a second weekend, even as sales for the Warner Bros. superhero film slumped amid competition from three new releases.
The DC Comics-based movie, which features Will Smith and Margot Robbie, collected an estimated $43.8 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, ComScore Inc. said Sunday in an e-mailed statement. The R-rated animated feature “Sausage Party” from Sony Corp. placed second, while Walt Disney Co.’s “Pete’s Dragon” placed third and the Meryl Streep film “Florence Foster Jenkins” from Paramount Pictures landed in eighth place.
“Suicide Squad,” which introduced fans to a new crew of super-villains, fell 67 percent from last weekend’s $133.7 million after breaking the August record for an opening. A mauling by critics may limit the potential run for the film after its big start. The picture is a key plank in efforts by Time Warner Inc.’s film division to build its superhero movie business.
“Suicide Squad” was expected to generate $38.5 million this weekend, according to analysts at BoxOffice Pro.com, a 71 percent drop from the opening. Warner Bros. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” fell 69 percent in its second weekend earlier this year.