You'd think that powerhouse heroes such as Thor and Superman wouldn't have much to worry about these days — but it turns out that the good guys don't always win, if the latest box office records are anything to go by.
Despite suffering from a second week slump, Suicide Squad has silenced the naysayers by earning over $672 million internationally, racing past Man of Steel to claim a spot at #92 in the top 100 grossing movies of all time. The God of Thunder fared even worse, as Thor: The Dark World was forced out of the top 100 completely thanks to the efforts of Harley Quinn and co.
Boasting a current ranking of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, it may come as a surprise to learn that Suicide Squad now stands tall among the likes of Star Wars and Harry Potter. Ayer's super-villain flick isn't the only unusual entry in the top 100 highest grossing movies though.
Among the critically acclaimed darlings and pop cultural landmarks in the top 100, there are a few oddities that slipped through the net, reminding us once again that the worldwide box office is a fickle beast that serves no master. Here are five of the most surprising films to join the top 100 grossing movies of all time.
1. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
- Box Office Rank: #74
- Worldwide Gross: $746.9
- Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
How did Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted crack the top 100 films of all time?: Parents will go to any lengths to silence their children and in the summer of 2012, the choice between Madagascar 3 and a handful of sleeping pills couldn't have been an easy one.
Does it deserve to be there?: Animated sequels are usually the ultimate cash-in for studios who often just throw colorful animals into a film and watch the money roll in. However, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is actually a surprisingly decent film that should engage adults long enough to help them escape grown-up life for a couple of hours.
2. 2012 (2009)
- Box Office Rank: #66
- Worldwide Gross: $769.7
- Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%
How did 2012 crack the top 100 films of all time?: People are inherently sadistic creatures who love to see shit get blown up and destroyed without any consequences.
Does it deserve to be there?: It's easy to resent Sony Pictures for jumping the gun and releasing 2012 three years earlier than they should have, although a release date in 2012 would inevitably have led to people thinking the trailer was an actual news broadcast. Regardless though, if you're looking for a pure adrenalin rush, then 2012 is a solid choice; but if you enjoy watching movies with a script, then you're out of luck.
Here's some more clips of the earth being destroyed for the sadists out there:
3. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
- Box Office Rank: #69
- Worldwide Gross: $758.2
- Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%
How did The Da Vinci Code crack the top 100 films of all time?: Tom Hanks = Unlikely DILF.
Does it deserve to be there?: The Robert Langdon books were a pop culture phenomenon that rivalled even 50 Shades of Grey back in the mid 2000s. Despite that though, did we really expect a film starring Tom Hanks as a crime-solving symbologist to crack the top 100 grossing movies of all time?
4. Furious 7 (2015)
- Box Office Rank: #6
- Worldwide Gross: $1,516.0
- Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
How did Furious 7 crack the top 100 films of all time?: Because, sometimes, six films about fast cars just aren't enough.
Does it deserve to be there?: No one could have predicted the phenomenal success of the Fast & The Furious franchise back when the first film was released in 2001. Yet somehow, the little series that could has managed to improve with every release, finding a permanent parking spot in our hearts.
5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
- Box Office Rank: #13
- Worldwide Gross: $1,123.8
- Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%
How did Transformers: Dark of the Moon crack the top 100 films of all time?: The Illuminati is a thing and there's literally nothing we can do about it.
Does it deserve to be there?: There's something to be said for mindless popcorn entertainment. However, there's also something to be said for mindless popcorn entertainment that retains a modicum of intelligence too. The Transformers franchise serves a purpose, sure, but the fact that Dark of the Moon has earned more than modern classics such as The Lion King and Lord of the Rings is definitive proof that the Illuminati is real and it's led by Michael Bay.
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Whether you believe box office success is a mark of quality or not, it's hard to deny how impressive Suicide Squad's takings have been, especially considering how divisive the film has been. So take a moment out of your day to join the Joker as he celebrates the film's success in the clip below.
Do you think Suicide Squad deserves to rank among the top 100 grossing movies of all time?