Now, they may have received a pretty thorough beating from critics — and crisply divided fans in the process — but it seems that a certain gang of zany, DC-themed criminals is actually pretty darned good at making money all the same. In a little less than two months of release, Suicide Squad has made a whopping great $731 million at the global box office, with $318 million of that coming domestically.
And, while that's still relatively low compared to Batman v Superman's "disappointing" final total of $873 million, it's also well above many early industry estimates, and likely enough money to earn the film (and Warner Bros.) a tidy profit. What's more...
Suicide Squad Just Overtook Iron Man At The US Box Office
Which, while a relatively small milestone in the greater scheme of things, is nonetheless one that will likely warm the hearts of review-battered Warner Bros. executives. After all, by reaching $318,584,857 at the US box office, Suicide Squad has narrowly trumped one of Marvel Studios' most beloved cinematic offerings, Iron Man (it made $318,412,101 domestically, back in 2008).
What's more, that leap has pushed Suicide Squad into the top 50 movies at the domestic box office, just about $700,000 behind the original Transformers in 49th place. The big question, though?
What Does Suicide Squad's Success Mean In Context?
After all, it breaking into the Domestic Top 50 is great and all, but also ultimately a fairly arbitrary measure of success. Similarly, beating Iron Man is great news for DC and Warner Bros., but it's also currently ahead by a narrow enough margin that it's unlikely to threaten the film in the (arguably more relevant) "adjusted for inflation" charts — through which lens Iron Man made closer to $384 million in today's money.
What's more, Suicide Squad is still only sitting in eighth position in the 2016 domestic rankings, behind the superheroic likes of Batman v Superman ($330 million), Deadpool ($363 million) and Captain America: Civil War ($408 million). In other words? It's a major success for the movie to have overcome such negative word of mouth, and made such a large sum of money — but Warner Bros. will still likely be peeking jealously at Civil War's more substantial domestic haul (and far larger global one, finishing up at $1.15 billion).
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