In a manner quite similar to the reception received by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year, David Ayer’s DCEU film Suicide Squad has been absolutely ravaged by critics, and currently sits at a mere 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, also similar to what happened with BVS, the reaction to Squad from fans has trended a lot more positive, with a box office take to match.
Squad opened domestically to the tune of $135 million, setting a new all-time record for August opening totals, and managing to handily surpass previous record holder Guardians of the Galaxy’s $94 million 2014 haul. While it remains to be seen how much of an effect the negative reviews have on Suicide Squad’s long term box office prospects, for right now, the film doesn’t look to be slowing down much financially.
According to Deadline, Suicide Squad has now earned over $326 million worldwide, in less than one week of theatrical release. For the record, $161 million of that total was earned domestically. As part of this good fortune, Squad has also set another record. Earning $14.2 million on Tuesday sets Squad as the all-time largest earner on a Tuesday in August, once again knocking off previous record holder Guardians of the Galaxy. Additionally, Squad beat the Tuesday totals for fellow superhero blockbusters Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and its DCEU predecessor Batman V Superman.
The good news for Suicide Squad isn’t over either, as industry forecasters are predicting that the film will likely bring in another $50 million plus in its second weekend, easily retaining the #1 spot. That said, it’s doubtful Squad manages to ultimately outdo the domestic totals of either BVS or Man of Steel, the former being $330 million and the latter being $291 million. Then again, the budget for Squad was substantially lower than either of those movies, presumably due to characters like Harley Quinn and Deadshot not possessing the name recognition and star power of American icons like Batman and Superman.
With the bad reviews reportedly serving as motivation for the cast and crew of Justice League to improve the DCEU’s critical fortunes, it’ll be interesting to see what specific lessons DC and Warner Bros. take from the complaints against Squad. Either way, it’s hard to imagine that the film won’t at least turn a profit at this point, albeit possibly not a huge one.
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.