A frequent topic on the LOS FANBOYS Podcast is how strong the DC brand is. Despite tepid-to-awful reviews, and despite being highly divisive amongst fans, all three DC Extended Universe films have done great business at the box office. The latest effort from WB/DC, Suicide Squad, just entered some pretty prestigious box office territory.
Box Office Mojo is reporting that Suicide Squad has just cleared $ $318,584,857 million domestically, knocking Marvel’s Iron Man out of the bottom spot on the Top 50 Highest-Grossing Domestic Movies of All Time.
The David Ayer flick, about a bunch of villains being brought together and being forced to channel their inner heroes, hit this milestone despite being blasted by critics. It’s now only a few notches short of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which sits at number 46 on that list with $330 million.
Jammer and I have discussed how it can be hard to interpret this victory for WB/DC. Does it simply underscore the value/power of the DC brand? Or does it point out how much more Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice should’ve earned? Should a film about a bunch of relatively obscure villains fighting an unknown villain, be so close to a film that featured Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor, Doomsday, allusions to two of the most popular comic books of all time (The Dark Knight Returns and The Death of Superman), and served as an obvious launchpad for Justice League?
What do you think? Is Suicide Squad over-performing? Did Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice tragically under-perform? Neither? Both? Let me know your thoughts.
SOURCE: Box Office Mojo