Say what you want about David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, but it was certainly no slouch at the box office. The film has now finished its theatrical run and we’re being told it made $745.5 million for Warner Bros., and that’s without China, as it didn’t open there. If it had, it’s estimated it would have brought in another $85 million or so, as Batman V Superman did roughly $100 million in that territory.
Stateside, Task Force X pulled in $325.1 million, which puts it basically on the same level as Dawn of Justice, which made $330.3 million. Worldwide, Snyder’s flick took in $873.2 million, which is quite a bit higher than Suicide Squad‘s worldwide take but again, BvS had China, and SS didn’t, so we’re kind of comparing apples to oranges here.
Also, keep in mind that Suicide Squad was a film that featured characters who were almost all mostly unknown before it entered production. I mean, sure, comic book fans were obviously familiar with people like Deadshot and Amanda Waller, and it certainly helped that Ayer’s flick was heavily marketed on Jared Leto’s Joker, who ultimately didn’t even play much of a part in it, but it’s hardly comparable to Batman V Superman – a movie which featured arguably two of the most iconic characters of all-time in any medium.
Given that, I’d say Suicide Squad‘s box office numbers are pretty damn impressive, and from what we’re hearing, they way exceeded the studio’s expectations, whereas BvS was considered a financial disappointment for Warner Bros. David Ayer’s film may have had a lot of problems, but it certainly had no trouble generating some serious cash for the studio and as such, it’s probably safe to assume that a sequel is all but a certainty at this point.
Granted, there’s been talk of a follow-up dating back to before the first film even hit theatres, but upon its release, that chatter quieted down. With Suicide Squad now done its run though, and Warner Bros. expecting to make even more money off the upcoming Extended Cut Blu-ray, fans of Task Force X can rest assured knowing that they haven’t seen the last of the gang.
Tell us, what are your thoughts on the film? Were you a fan, and do you think it’s deserving of its impressive box office haul? Sound off in the usual place and let us know!