Suicide Squad was supposed to save Warner Bros.’ DCEU. Yet, at the end of the weekend the film has suffered a drop in the US. As Comicbookmovie reports, David Ayer’s film about DC supervillains grossed “$65.1 million on Friday in North America ($20.5 million from previews on Thursday and $44.6 million on Friday).” However, when it came to Saturday box office figures, “Suicide Squad suffered a massive 40% drop on Saturday, and may gross less than $40 million for the day.” Comicbookmovie predicts that at this current rate, the film could enter the $130 million figure. Which is less than the $140-$150 million it was projected to take.
Suicide Squad has suffered some very negative reviews. The assumption was that the ensemble would drop in its second weekend. But the film is already hitting a decline before the first weekend finishes. Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn have received acclaim, but the negative reviews are actually impacting the film.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t do so well either. Here, negative reviews caused the film to crash 68% in its second weekend. This is a much bigger drop than any of the films featuring Marvel heroes released this year. It also raises some big questions about the direction Warner Bros. is taking the franchise in.
As an article posted on Collider states:
“…it’s time to step back and assess the damage, and admit that Warner Bros. may have rushed into this thing without learning the most important lesson from its most successful DC adaptation: Christopher Nolan’s iconic Dark Knight Trilogy.”
“When Nolan made Batman Begins, it was with a clear and radical vision for what a superhero movie could be. And while that film was a success, Warner Bros. didn’t pressure the filmmaker to get to work on a sequel immediately.”
The key here is that Nolan never made a new Batman movie until he was good and ready. And even then, he had ample time to develop the script and get it in the right shape before production began. Contrast this to Suicide Squad, which had Ayer writing the screenplay at the same time as he was casting, and which—according to THR’s report—had the studio racing to hit its release date.”
Many feel less than impressed with Suicide Squad. The Collider article provides a little comfort, as well as talking more in-depth about the questions the studio needs to answer. It’s clear the powers-that-be need to bang their heads together.
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