According To WB, ‘Suicide Squad’ “Bested Anything They Could Have Expected”

SUICIDE SQUAD

Regardless of the negative critical reviews, DC’s villainous team up movie Suicide Squad did not disappoint in terms of box office numbers. The movie was still capable of setting a new record for Thursday night August releases, and continued to take in high numbers all throughout the Friday release. Even though the film dipped on Saturday and fell short of its anticipated opening weekend totals, it still managed to set a second record for August opening weekends as well.

At the end of the day, WB is all around pleased with David Ayer’s first DC film, despite critics having a field day with it.

According to Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president, fans enjoyed the movie and the actors gave brilliant performances.

“It bested anything that we could have expected. The marketing campaign was brilliant and the performances by the cast, starting with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, were just extraordinary. They’re fun and wicked and fans enjoy it.”

Even though critics panned the movie before it had a chance to be released to the public, the general consensus among fans seems to be that the movie was fun and entertaining. Goldstein acknowledged that the movie was made for fans, and has recognized that there was a disconnect somewhere between what critics saw and what audiences ultimately took away from the film.

“There’s a major disconnect with between what the critics are saying and what audiences are seeing.”

If you take a look at almost any comic-fan Facebook page or blog site, the movie is receiving heavy praise. We will see how the movie preforms going into its second week, and if it follows the same trend that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice set by dropping significantly in numbers. As for right now, I’m personally about the buy a ticket for my third viewing.

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 is written and directed by David Ayer and stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Karen Fukuhara, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.

Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters everywhere!

Source: ComicBook.com

Josh Behr

Josh Behr

Jack of some trades, master of some others. That saying never really made a lot of sense to me.

  • flavortang

    Dammit, I have to wait until Wednesday to see it so I have to skip all of these juicy spoiler articles I keep seeing. Can’t wait to see it!

    • This one is pretty spoiler friendly. You’re safe here.

      • flavortang

        lol I meant in general around the web. I see videos on YouTube talking about stuff that happened in Squad and I want to watch but want nothing spoiled.

    • SAMURAI36

      I’ll be seeing it for the 3rd time come Wednesday. D&mn dude, you need to hurry up, so we can “Disqus” it!!

      • Darthmanwe

        For some odd reason, it isn’t still out in many territories. My friends back in Turkey won’t see it until 12th, for example. From what I understand, due to loaded summer schedules in all countries, the simultaneous launch wasn’t possible in many places.

        • SAMURAI36

          Hmm, I didn’t know that. I think simultaneous launches do well for films like this. Hopefully the film does well in Turkey.

    • Radar Technician Matt

      I have to wait until 25th…..
      My torture continues.

      • flavortang

        Man, I’m sorry…

  • Carl

    This is the same response they had to BvS but then they went and made several behind the scenes changes.

    It’s fine if you like the film, even though you’re wrong lol, but to say that fans liked it as if that is something to cling to is foolish. Of course fans liked it, that’s what makes you a fan. What they need to be doing is making a movie that appeals to everyone so that they can make new fans. I used to just be happy with whatever superhero films were out there because that was all I could get but now we have so many to choose from thre is a higher demand of quality other than pleasing your fans.

    • DoYouFeelInCharge?

      This movie completed filming before BvS was even released, Wonder Woman will be the first film of the Geoff Johns-era.

      • Carl

        There were re-shoots after BvS but yeah WW will be the 1st Geoff John era. Although it was already heavily in development before he took over. I’d say Aquaman will be the best example of his influence.

        • SAMURAI36

          There you go, with more non-factual nonsense. Geoff Johns was working on WW from day-one.

          • Carl

            He wasn’t given his new position until after the movie started filming. So I’ll look to Aquaman to gauge his full impact. You should be happy that I’m giving DC so much leeway.

          • SAMURAI36

            I could care less. All you’re doing is scapegoating. If/when it turns out that you don’t like WW, you’ll be blaming him too.

            But what you (& perhaps others) fail to realize, is that Geoff’s position title is merely a formality. He’s been performing the responsibilities associated with the title this entire time.

            You are aware that he co-wrote WW, yes?

            But wait!, you say, pulling out your magnifying glass and dressing in your finest Sherlock cosplay — didn’t news of Johns’s fancy new movies position only come out May 17? And didn’t production on Wonder Woman wrap May 10?

            Yes and yes, which is why the screenplay attribution is so interesting. Because Johns isn’t credited with the story, it’s safe to assume that he probably came on at a later point, whether that was prior to or during principal photography, which began in November of 2015 — well before Batman v Superman’s March release. (The way credit is issued for WGA scripts can be an opaque and byzantine process, and often writers make significant contributions to a final shooting script without receiving any credit at all.) That means it’s also safe to assume to assume that Johns’s influence over the DC cinematic universe has been on the rise for a while now, with Wonder Woman the first entry we can be certain bears his fingerprints. (As for Heinberg, he’s worked with Johns and DC before, and he’s worked with the character of Wonder Woman before, so that all makes sense.)

            http://www.vulture.com/2016/07/dc-wonder-woman-geoff-johns.html
            All this stuff is easily researchable, but for some reason, you’d prefer to remain ignorant. You have to look outside the typical comics-related news outlets, for accurate news, especially about DC. Most of these sites are not as informed as they’d like you to think they are, & in turn, the people who follow them are not all that informed.
            It’s like watching Fox news for all your information.

          • Carl

            I do agree that watching Fox News for info is a fools errand. lol

            Look, I’m trying to say that I’m not going to blame Geoff Johns for WW’s possible failure because there is meaning to a title. When you are officially in charge of something you get the praise or the blame, that’s just how it works. I’m giving him a pass on whatever WW and JL will be because he wasn’t in charge during their entire production. I’m also giving him the benefit of the doubt because I like his work. Rebirth #1 was a great new start.

    • SAMURAI36

      There was an old lady sitting in the theater with her grand daughter with us when we saw SS. She was laughing right along with us. I guess she’s a “fan” too, right?

      You’re trying way too hard to convince someone that people don’t like this film. You need to accept that you are in the MINORITY. Just because you and a few other people don’t like it, that doesn’t mean many others don’t. Get over it.

      And if there are now so many films to choose from, then why don’t you go watch one of those? You’re more hung on up this film that you didn’t even watch, way more than you need to be. It’s kinda like you’re obsessed.

      • Carl

        She was laughing at how dumb it was like me.

        What makes you think you’re the majority on this? The movie is being ridiculed. It had an epic 40% Friday to Saturday drop. You are the vocal minority.

        How does an obsession take so little time out of my day? Maybe because I’m just commenting in passing as I read HH articles. You’re the one commenting on everything I say, now that’s an obsession. You really have to go out of your way to do that. 😉

        • SAMURAI36

          She was laughing at how dumb it was like me.

          You never get tired of making yourself look and sound like an idiot, do you?

          What makes you think you’re the majority on this? The movie is being ridiculed.

          By who? It has no less than a 70% audience approval rating on most sites. Do we really have to go thru the whole “what is most” song and dance again? Oh that’s right, you think 50% means “most”.

          Show me a single site that lists it at less than 70%. I dare you.

          It had an epic 40% Friday to Saturday drop. You are the vocal minority.

          *Sigh* do I really gotta explain this to you again?

          https://twitter.com/andrewbdyce/status/762542791968722945

          In reporting the numbers, websites typically combine the numbers from Thursday Night, and all day Friday.

          Because you’re too lazy to look this stuff up, you just fall for any nonsense that you half-read on the internet.

  • Carlito Brigante

    If Wb considers this a win…then count my money out of anything coming out of WB. We have reached Michael Bay levels of garbage.

    • Carl

      I agree. They’ve already made studio changes and SS wasn’t influenced much by that so hopefully things will get better.

      • SAMURAI36

        LOL, look at you, dwelling the discussions like a beta fish, looking to feed on any negative comment that comes along.

        • Carl

          Yeah I really had to look hard… lol, your insults are petty, try harder, beta fish… lol :)

          • SAMURAI36

            Petty is, as petty says. You’re just mad because you’ve been left out of the cool kids table.

          • Carl

            But that’s the Marvel Studios fan table, so you are the one left out. It’s ok though you can take a seat with the big boys when you accept that Marvel Studios movies are quality films. Or stay at the outcast, emo table of DCEU only fans. :)

            Also what are you doing, just waiting around to insult people who didn’t like a terrible movie? :)

          • SAMURAI36

            Yep, that’s precisely what I’m doing. And if that’s the cool kids table, then what are you doing here? Cuz apparently you’re waiting around to insult a film that you don’t like.

            Once again, your slip is showing….

          • Carl

            I like both DC and Marvel, unlike your biased slip face. lol slip is such a dumb word, I’m not going to look up it’s meaning. Did I use it right? Let me show you how it’s actually used.

            Did you slip and fall? How is your slip and slide? Your credibility is slipping, well actually it slipped into the gutter long ago. The DCEU quality is slipping away with each movie. lol

          • unpaidpundit

            A “slip,” as used by Samurai36, is an item of feminine apparel.

          • SAMURAI36

            D&mn, why’d you tell him? I wanted to have fun with his laziness and stupidity a bit longer.

          • Carl

            It’s funny that you don’t realize that I’m playing with you. lol

          • Carl

            Oh like a dress. 😉

          • SAMURAI36

            It’s actually…. No, just no. Quit being an idiot, and look it up. Google might be your worst enemy, but it’s a friend for most of us.

          • Carl

            I don’t care. I’m not really interested in your slang insult.

          • SAMURAI36

            LMAO, so now a slip is “slang”? But I thought you were “playing with me”? Which is it, Carl?

          • Carl

            I’m playing with you but you still can’t see that. lol

          • SAMURAI36

            Wow, so instead of educating yourself, you’d rather double down on your ignorance. Feel free to continue entertaining me with your stupidity.

            Also, what does liking both DC and Marvel have to do with sitting at the cool kids table, and liking a “bad film”, as you call it?

            If the film is as bad as you say, and Marvel is as good as you say, then why aren’t you somewhere talking about Marvel, instead of talking about a movie that you didn’t even watch half of?

          • Carl

            Dr. Strange looks amazing, I can’t wait! Also looking forward to the GOTG Vol. 2 trailer. 😀

          • SAMURAI36

            So? Take that discussion to the Dr Weirdo and Garbage of the Galaxy thread.

          • Steve Steve

            I’m so with you there! Doctor Strange has so much promise, that I am actually disappointed by the trailers (even though I’d be mad if they showed too much).

    • SAMURAI36

      LMAO at this nonsense. Too bad for you then. The rest of us will be enjoying the DCEU.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Yeah, talkin’ bout lowerin’ the bar. dceu/wb is so desperate for a financial win, they literally served their dc fangurls a crap sandwich on a garbage pail lid, and (MAGNAMINOUSLY) announced “BON’ APPETITE!”.

  • jollybrah

    When it comes to box office, it is a win for WB despite the drop Friday to Saturday. Them releasing a relatively unknown property to the masses with only a couple familiar characters in the movie and for it to do $133 million or something is incredible, it opened better then Man of Steel and Superman is one of the most iconic superheroes. It’s a big win and for me the movie was a win to cause I loved it.

    • SAMURAI36

      There actually wasn’t all that much of a drop:

      https://twitter.com/andrewbdyce/status/762542791968722945

      In reporting the numbers, websites typically combine the numbers from Thursday Night, and all day Friday.

      • Steve Steve

        Hmmm. Except Guardians’ numbers 2 years ago were: Thur:11M, Fri:26M, Sat:30M, Sun:25M.

        So while both films saw ~30% of their opening day revenue from Thursday night, Guardians managed a ~15% increase Fri-to-Sat compared to a ~10% decrease Fri-to-Sat for Squad.

  • Axxell

    Gotta give it to WB’s marketing team; those are the real heroes…taking all the enticing scenes of the Joker people wanted to see and baiting people into thinking they were gonna see them in the movie…

  • unpaidpundit

    I saw “Suicide Squad” last weekend, and “Star Trek: Beyond” the weekend before. “Suicide Squad” is the superior film, regardless of what the media film critics think. I was disappointed that “Star Trek” didn’t have any awe-inspiring science fiction elements, and the constant harping on unity was hokey. “Squad” had better, more nuanced dialogue. The scene in the bar, for instance, was involving and character revealing in a way that nothing in “Star Trek” could match.

    • SAMURAI36

      I agree that I liked SS more than ST, but I still found ST to be enjoyable.

    • Steve Steve

      The half-baked dialogue in Suicide Squad was not nuanced.

      It was the kind of “good enough” writing you see in first drafts.

      It should get cleaned up in subsequent drafts.

      It would appear there weren’t any subsequent drafts for Suicide Squad.