“Suicide Squad” has been a divisive film — at least when it comes to critics and some fans. Directed by David Ayer, DC Films’ adaptation was intended to be a return to form for DC and Warner Bros.’ following somewhat disappointing cinematic outings like “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Man of Steel.” While the movie was no hit with critics, it’s been a success at the box office, so much so that Ayer recently took to Twitter to thank fans of the film for helping it gross more than $600 million worldwide.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 26, 2016
This is good news for “Suicide Squad,” which had an estimated budget of roughly $175 million. The film nearly made its money back domestically over the course of its opening weekend when it raked in more than $133 million. While the second weekend dropped to $43.5 million domestically, it was buoyed by later foreign releases, where it has since made more than half of its total lifetime gross, according to Box Office Mojo.
When “Suicide Squad” premiered on August 5, 2016, CBR called it “ferocious fun, boasting a bounty of action, mirthful mayhem, and a cavalcade of curious characters” that was “just the kick in the pants Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment need to correct course ahead of next year’s ‘Justice League.'”
Since then, both Ayer and the film’s cast have responded to the negative reviews, but for fans eager to see a sequel to the villain-studded ride through DC Comics’ dark side, news of the film making its budget back (and then some) has to be a flash of hope in an otherwise uncertain future.
“Suicide Squad” is in theaters now.
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