The conventional wisdom in geek circles is that Fox’s “Deadpool,” which stars Ryan Reynolds, was a massive success while DC/Warner’s “Suicide Squad,” with its ensemble cast that includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, flopped. It’s a perception that is seemingly reinforced on film site Rotten Tomatoes, with “Deadpool” scoring higher both among critics (84% vs.26%) and fans (90% vs. 66%).
However, recent box office figures tweeted by the Exhibitor Relations Company show a different story in the international (non-U.S.) box office. In this arena “Suicide Squad” grossed $419.6 million, slightly ahead of “Deadpool” on a $419.5 million gross.
Score one for DC. SUICIDE SQUAD just shot past DEADPOOL internationally–$419.6M v $419.5M. Impressive.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) October 10, 2016
Domestically and overall the Merc with a Mouth still comes out on top, grossing $782 million to Harley Quinn and Co.’s $742 million according to boxofficemojo.com, and “Deadpool” had a much smaller production budget to begin with – $58 million vs. $175 million, but the Fox film also had lower expectations to meet.
Ultimately, the take-home from these figures should be that both films performed well and that no matter how vocal or vociferous a section of fans or critics may be, it is ordinary cinema-goers who decide what they will pay money to see.
“Deadpool 2” is already in pre-production with Ryan Reynolds due to return to his starring role. The film is scheduled to release on January 12, 2018.
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