Coming off the heels of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, many fans were hoping that Suicide Squad would be the saving grace that the DC Extended Universe needs to bring non-hardcore fans onboard. Instead, the reception both critically and from the general audience has been mixed at best, bringing about further questions as to what direction the DCEU should head next. Prior to the movie being released, talks of a sequel or spinoffs for Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and even Captain Boomerang had already been reported.
Despite the reception of the film, that has not stopped people across the world from checking out the latest addition to the DCEU. Suicide Squad is nearing a month in theaters, and was only just unseated from being #1 again at the domestic box office by Don't Breathe. There has been a steady dose of new and repeat viewers throughout the past few weeks, and that should help the movie break another milestone before the theatrical run comes to a close.
Through the first four weeks of its theatrical run, Suicide Squad has grossed an impressive $282.9 million domestically to go along with the $353.1 million it has earned overseas. This puts the third movie in the DCEU sitting at $635.9 million globally, and according to the latest projections by Mark Hughes of Forbes, it could cross the $700 million mark by the time everything is said and done:
"#SuicideSquad added $60M globally past 7 days, raising total to $636M. If it falls 50% each week it adds $30M --> $15M --> $7M --> $3M etc. But if it falls 60% each week it adds $24M --> $9.6 --> $3.8 --> $1.5 etc. So, without Japan #SuicideSquad will take b/w $675M and $695M. Japan should add b/w $10-20M. This is MATH, so it's silly to deny it. This all means #SuicideSquad will end its run with a total of b/w about $685M to $715M, high-end to low-end estimate. Again, it's math. Without Japan, it does well enough that it simply looks foolish & disingenuous to continue pretending it's doing poorly or unsuccessful. And the press is starting to realize that now, & are shifting gears to change the narrative & stop denying it. Others should, too."
Should Suicide Squad break past the $700 million milestone, it will pass fellow comic book adaptations such as Thor: The Dark World, Man of Steel, and possibly The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Questions still remain as to what the magic number is for the movie to turn a profit for Warner Bros, with previous reports putting a $750 million minimum on the project. The reported production budget is $175 million, but that is not an official number and the real budget could be more. Movies normally need to double that budget in addition to the marketing budget in order to turn a profit.
WB/DC undoubtedly spent quite a bit on marketing for its DCEU villain movie, but unless the production budget is on the lowest end of the spectrum, Suicide Squad should turn slightly towards profitable for the studio. Once that is the case, announcements on what is next for Task Force X should come soon. After all, DC is not going to let Deadshot, Joker, or Harley Quinn sit on the shelf for too long before bringing them back to the big screen. Some fans had hoped for one, if not all three of them, to appear in the Batman solo movie, but with Deathstroke reportedly set to be the villain, they will probably not have major roles should they appear. They are more likely to pop up in the potential Suicide Squad sequel, which would further change-up the announced DCEU slate if it moves forward.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by 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, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.
Source: Mark Hughes