‘Suicide Squad’ has just topped $500 million worldwide.
Despite a barrage of negative reviews, ‘Suicide Squad’ looks to be performing well at the box office… and has just passed the $500 million mark globally. After ending its second weekend with $466 million worldwide, it looks as though ‘Suicide Squad’ has pulled it out of the bag.
Now, the film has hit $509 million – bringing the August box office to a record high.
But can ‘Suicide Squad’ continue to climb?
According to Deadline, ‘Suicide Squad’ is now the 11th highest grossing film of the year… and it might even climb several places over the coming weekend.
After all, it’s yet to open in several key markets.
“It is incredibly rewarding to see audiences around the world coming out in such a big way for Suicide Squad,” said Warner Bros President of Worldwide Distribution, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg. “We have several major markets yet to open, and expect to continue seeing strong returns at the box office for the weeks to come.”
‘Suicide Squad’ will open in German-speaking markets this weekend, with the final opening coming on September 10 which will see the movie appearing in big screens across Japan.
But rather notably, it won’t be opening in China.
“China Film Group, the state-backed distributor that handles the import of all foreign films, hasn’t put the movie on its internal release calendar, which is typically set at least two months in advance,” revealed The Hollywood Reporter.
Of course, CHina represents the world’s second-largest film market… and ‘Suicide Squad’ is unlikely to appear there after being deemed way too dark for Chinese audiences.
And this could severely hamper the film’s global box office earnings.
That said, it seems likely that ‘Suicide Squad’ will end up with a respectable $600 - $650 million run… and that’s not half bad for a film which has been critically panned.
Whether or not those audience like the film is another matter entirely.
‘Suicide Squad’ appeared in cinemas on 5 August 2016.
Picture Credit: Warner Bros.