If "Suicide Squad" manages to earn the higher figure, it'll beat "Finding Dory" for the third biggest opening this year, behind "Captain America: Civil War" ($179 million) and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" ($166 million).
Strong early ticket sales and buzz indicate "Suicide Squad" will almost certainly be the first movie with a $100 million-plus opening. Reviews have yet to come out, but even negative ones are unlikely to put much of a dent in the total.
"Suicide Squad" has been a beast on social media — comScore puts it at No. 1, ahead of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," with 2.1 million conversations — thanks to the combination of familiar characters like the Joker, the unique take of focusing on villains, and a savvy marketing plan.
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