Despite facing pre-release reviews that were by and large not good, Suicide Squad has quickly established itself as a late summer blockbuster hit among general audiences and hardcore DC Comics fans alike. Maintaining its spot at the top of the box office for three weekends in a row, the record-breaking August release has matches the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, when it comes to being the rare August box office smash-hit.
Standing as the second major entry in the DC Extended Universe of 2016 following the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in March, Suicide Squad has firmly cemented its status at this point, much to the gratitude of writer/director David Ayer. Now, Ayer has sent a message to fans, just as the film passes (or is about to pass) another worldwide box office marker.
Taking to his personal Twitter account (see below), Ayer announced that Suicide Squad has officially reached $600 million internationally. Despite the fact that the movie is still sitting at approximately $585 million on most other box office aggregate sites, Ayer is probably right on the nose in terms of numbers (especially given its track record thus far in overseas markets). Check out Ayer's original Twitter posting below:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 26, 2016
For fans of the latest DCEU installment, news that Suicide Squad has made another $100 million worldwide should come as another source of comfort after the movie was so roundly slammed by many critics ahead of its theatrical release this month. Furthermore, the fact that Ayer took it upon himself to explicitly thank all of the fans who came out to see the film despite the bad reviews speaks to the inclusive nature of the film's appeal, as a whole.
Regardless of whether or not one personally liked Suicide Squad, the movie's success is certainly an example of the fact that sometimes good reviews aren't the only signifier of a successful theatrical release (or even a good movie for that matter). The fact that fans of the comic book property have been welcoming of the film overall should serve to lighten the mood a little after the proverbial ringer that the DCEU has been put under of late. On that note, here's to more fun in the future in the form of Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017.
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: David Ayer