As with its predecessor Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it appears that the box office performance for latest DCEU entry Suicide Squad isn’t being affected all that much by the negative sentiments of most critics. Batman V Superman ended up grossing over $870 million worldwide on a $250 million budget, and at this point it seems likely that Squad could end up boasting a similarly large return on Warner Bros.’ investment.
Prior to the end of its first week in theaters, Suicide Squad managed to pass the $300 million mark at the global box office, and many wondered just how high the film’s theatrical earnings ceiling would ultimately be. Well, it may be a good while before an answer to that question appears, as Squad subsequently managed to retain the #1 spot stateside this past weekend, putting the supervillain mash-up less than $60 million away from matching Man of Steel’s domestic haul.
The positive financial news for Suicide Squad continues today, as the film has now passed the $500 million mark worldwide, with its current global haul totaling $509 million. Impressively, this comes with Squad still not having opened in several major markets. Squad hits German theaters this weekend, and arrives in Japanese theaters on September 10th. As was previously reported, it’s highly unlikely that Squad will see release in China, as Chinese decision makers disapprove of the film’s tone and subject matter.
While the stark divide between critical sentiment and fan opinion concerning DCEU movies has been nothing but reinforced by the reaction to Squad, the film’s earnings also make clear that those curious about checking Squad out in theaters aren’t letting bad reviews talk them out of it. Barring a better than expected upcoming few weeks, Squad is unlikely to pass the overall domestic or international marks set by MoS or BVS. Still, the fact that a villain-centered film without any of DC’s marquee heroes in a starring role has managed to do so well can be seen as a victory in and of itself.
Will WB and DC opt to make a Suicide Squad 2? It’s hard to say. On a purely financial level, it would seem like a sure bet, but the studio surely can’t be pleased about the harsh reviews the first film garnered. If Task Force X does indeed return for a sequel, one wonders what measures the DCEU creative team will employ to try and reverse the sub-franchise’s critical fortunes.
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.