There is no doubt about it. Critics have not been kind to director David Ayer's Suicide Squad. The movie has stalled at Rotten Tomatoes with a 26% rotten score, which lands lower than the much derided Batman V Superman. That hasn't stopped it from becoming an August juggernaut at the box office. The movie has passed the $600 million mark worldwide. And today, Ayer has decided to thank all the DC Comics fans for making this possible. He had this to say on Twitter.
"@SuicideSquadWB 600 million worldwide! Thank you to everyone for making this a success! @WarnerBrosEnt."
Some believe the DC Comics movie about a group of super villains on an impossible mission could be the only film released this year that stays atop the box office charts for four straight weekends in a row. Only the horror thriller Don't Breathe stands in its way. Suicide Squad has taken in $269 million domestically from a $175 million budget, making it a true success for Warner Bros. The film arrived in theaters earlier this August with an impressive ensemble cast that includes Will Smith (Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix's "House of Cards"), Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt), Jai Courtney (Insurgent), Jay Hernandez (Takers), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), Scott Eastwood (Fury), Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns), Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. Here's the movie's official synopsis.
"It feels good to be bad... Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?"
Suicide Squad currently sits as the 8th highest grossing movie of the year domestically, coming in just behind Batman v Superman, which sits in 7th place. But it's likely that Suicide Squad will advance forward. Just how much money it will make is unclear, as it is set to ride well into September. Though Warner Bros. has been called out for its recent string of outright bombs, which include this year's The Legend of Tarzan and last year's Pan and the Point Break remake, they are only behind Disney in terms of having the highest market share in 2016.
While the critics has certainly bashed Suicide Squad for being an incomprehensible mess of a movie, its success at the box office pretty much insures that Warner Bros. and DC Films will move forward with a sequel. Early on it was reported that the studios wanted to bring back director David Ayer. At this time, it is unclear if that is still the plan. Will Smith as Deadshot is the only actor that was reportedly a lock for Suicide Squad 2, with characters such as Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and The Joker all rumored to be getting their own spin-off movies. None of this has been confirmed by Warner Bros. or DC.