Suicide Squad may have dropped into theaters a couple weeks back with less than stellar reviews from critics, but that apparently hasn't stopped the film from making decent box office grosses in recent weeks.
According to Deadline, thanks to its Wednesday gross, the supervillain team-up flick has officially passed the $500 million mark worldwide and hit $509 million on day 13 after its release. The domestic cume for the film is at $238 million, with its overseas haul a bit higher at $271 million. As of this writing, Forbes speculates that the film will likely land somewhere between $600 and $650 million worldwide.
This, of course, doesn't really sound like a lot. In the age of superhero blockbusters we're used to these films grazing or even breaking the $1 billion quite regularly. That being said, this is quite the fit for a band of relatively unknown villains. Given the reported budget of $175 million (barring those rumors of a $250 million budget), I think we could log this away as a relatively profitable film.
Yes, like how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice faced drastic drops in the weeks following release, Suicide Squad seems to be going through the same problem. The difference between those two films, however, were the expectations.
A lot has been said regarding how the whole of the DCEU seems to be hinging on Suicide Squad, but at the end of the day, this was never going to be a billion dollar flick, no matter how much they wanted it to be. Plus, to put things into perspective, both the first Thor and Captain America films made substantially less than $500 million apiece (the comparison, of course, doesn't account for inflation), so with the exception of the critical reception, I'd say WB should put this one in their win column.
So long as Warner Bros. takes careful steps to ensure their next two DC films are agreed to be improvements on the previous three by fans and critics, they could still make this universe work. Thus far, all of their movies have yielded profits, and financially, they have yet to dig themselves into a hole.
Let's just hope they're listening to fans when it comes to what they're actually looking for in a film.
What are your thoughts? Do you consider the film's performance so far a success, and do you actually believe the DCEU is in as much trouble as certain fans like to make it out to be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!
Suicide Squad is in theaters now.