Now, enough has likely been written about the critical (and notably, fan) backlash against #DC's #SuicideSquad for it not to not need repeating at length here. Suffice to say, though, that most reviewers (and a surprisingly large number of devoted DC fans) absolutely hated the movie, and made those feelings abundantly clear on social media. At which point, the movie's box office takings...weren't noticeably altered one way or the other. Instead, Suicide Squad thrived at the #boxoffice, with its domestic total now up to a solid $322 million. What's more, since its international takings recently reached $419.6 million, we can now officially say that...
Suicide Squad Has Now Overtaken Deadpool At The International Box Office
After all, though #Deadpool was far more critically lauded than Suicide Squad, it still "only" managed to make $419.5 million in non-domestic markets, meaning that — outside of the US at least — Suicide Squad is now officially the more successful movie.
Of course, on the flip side, Deadpool still made substantially more domestically than Suicide Squad looks likely to ($363 million versus $322 million), and did so off a far, far smaller budget, making it vastly more profitable for Fox than Suicide Squad will ultimately prove to be for Warner Bros.
In the short term, though, it would be churlish to take anything away from Suicide Squad's achievement, not least because it did so in the face of such a widespread and comprehensive backlash from both critics and fans. If you're looking for proof that bad reviews and bad word of mouth don't necessarily doom a film to commercial failure, then look no further than the Transformers franchise. However, if you'd like even more, Suicide Squad is providing an increasingly shiny (and profitable) example even as we speak.
When it comes to box office takings, it seems, the 'Squad really will be there for you...
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