In a summer movie season that saw several high-profile titles underwhelm at the box office, one film that's done quite the opposite is Suicide Squad, the third entry into the DCEU. Despite mostly negative critical reviews, Squad has gone over much better with moviegoers at large, having now spent 6 weekends in the domestic box office top five. Internationally, the supervillain blockbuster has performed just as well, having now made more profit outside the U.S. market than it has within.
This continues the extremely stark divide between critical opinion and fan reaction that began with this spring's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The first DCEU film, Man of Steel, was hardly a critical darling either, but made it a lot closer to earning the "fresh" distinction on Rotten Tomatoes than either of its follow-ups have managed.
Speaking of Man of Steel, Suicide Squad has now accomplished a feat some industry pundits initially thought wouldn't be possible: it beat Superman. As of this writing, Suicide Squad has now hauled in over $700 million worldwide, handily eclipsing the $668 million earned by Man of Steel over the course of its theatrical run. Squad has also eclipsed MoS domestically, bringing in over $307 million, and climbing over MoS' $291 million domestic haul.
The news of Suicide Squad passing yet another box-office milestone was confirmed by the film's director David Ayer earlier today, via Twitter.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) September 11, 2016
At this point, it wouldn't even be that surprising if Suicide Squad ends up topping Batman V Superman's domestic total, although BVS' worldwide numbers might be a bit too far out of reach. In its fifth full week of release, Squad earned nearly $15 million domestically, and will probably have brought in around another $7-$8 million by the time week 6 is complete. That would leave Squad right around $15 million short of BVS' domestic total, and it's not hard to imagine Squad earning an additional $15 million before it leaves U.S. theaters. Either way, the two films will likely end up very close to each other on the domestic total list for 2016.
Even if Suicide Squad manages to edge out BVS domestically as the most successful DCEU film to date, the chances of it doing that worldwide are much slimmer. Even at over $700 million worldwide, Squad remains nearly $175 million short of BVS' gargantuan $872 million worldwide gross. Still, if Suicide Squad has proven anything, it's that it shouldn't be counted out prematurely. Deadshot and company may indeed be "some kind of suicide squad," but when it comes to the numbers, the film they inhabit remains quite full of life.
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: Box Office Mojo, David Ayer