While it's generally true that poor reviews and poor box office tend to roughly align, there are a number of movies that have proven to be exceptions to the rule - with Michael Bay's Transformers franchise leading the pack in that respect. Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe also has begun to set a decent track record for defying the critics, with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice grossing more than $872 million worldwide despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, and recent release Suicide Squad breaking opening weekend box office records against similar odds.
Between the lack of clarity surrounding the movie's budget and warring opinions about its quality, it's been difficult to gauge whether Suicide Squad will ultimately prove to be a financial success for Warner Bros., but the movie has just scored an impressive achievement: being the first DCEU movie to hold the #1 spot at the box office in its third weekend.
THR reports that, thanks to Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-Hur proving to be a bit of a dud, Suicide Squad is projected to remain the top movie at the box office, having grossed $6 million on Friday for a projected $20 million weekend. Raunchy animated comedy Sausage Party is projected to nab second place in its second weekend with $15-16 million, and Todd Phillips' War Dogs will finish in third place during its debut weekend, with $14-15 million.
A movie's opening weekend is a decent crystal ball for whether it will be a hit or a flop, but box office holdover is equally important. For example, Batman V Superman dropped 69% from its first weekend to its second, and in its third weekend was pushed out of the top spot by Melissa McCarthy comedy The Boss. Batman V Superman's predecessor Man of Steel managed even less time at the #1 spot, and by its second weekend had been pushed to third place by Monsters University and World War Z.
Suicide Squad recently passed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, and the projected weekend box office should bring its domestic total to $261 million. It will probably end up somewhere between Man of Steel and Batman V Superman by the end of its run - more than enough reason to justify sequel discussions.
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.