Suicide Squad has been making the rounds at the box office for a few weeks so I think now’s a good time to see how it stacks against other DC Comics movies.
Initially I was going to only look at US numbers adjusted for ticket price inflation, as there are movies based on DC Comics heroes that can date back to almost four decades ago (the 1978 Superman), so the idea was to make it an even fight. But since the actual point of this is to see how Suicide Squad stacks against the most successful movies based on DC Comics characters, I’m going to instead look at both adjusted and unadjusted for the US, as well as worldwide numbers.
This will probably come as no surprise to anyone but Batman and Superman dominate every one of these Top 10s. Essentially Suicide Squad is the first DC Comics movie not focused on either one of those two (Batman’s part in Suicide Squad is essentially a cameo) that cracked the top 10 in a very long time. Okay, so there was that one time Green Latern made it all the way to 9th domestically, but it didn’t stick around for long.
First up is Top 10 adjusted for ticket price inflation in the US (can’t properly adjust worldwide numbers), respect the old.
10. Batman Begins (2005) – $277.4 million ($205.3M)
9. Man of Steel (2013) – $300.8 million ($291M)
8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – $331.3 million ($330.4M)
7. Superman II (1981) – $337 million ($108.2M)
6. Batman Returns (1992) – $339.8 million ($162.8M)
5. Batman Forever (1995) – $366.4 million ($184M)
4. Superman (1978) – $496.7 million ($134.2M)
3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – $498.7 million ($448.1M)
2. Batman (1989) – $545.2 million ($251.2M)
1. The Dark Knight (2008) – $643.2 million ($533.3M)
As you can see Suicide Squad is nowhere to be found on here, yet. The way the film is going it could go up to about $290 million, so that will be enough to overtake Batman Begins and sit in 10th. I mean look at some of the names on that chart, I think even 10th is a good result. And yeah it will undoubtedly lose that spot to Justice League at the end of next year. Aside from that this top 10 is dominated by Batman to a ridiculous degree and I don’t see that changing, probably ever.
Next is the US again, only this time there will be no adjusting for inflation. Out with the old, in with the new (which is a thing that always happens when you keep raising ticket prices).
10. Batman Returns (1992) – $162.8 million
9. Batman Forever (1995) – $184 million
8. Superman Returns (2006) – $200.1 million
7. Batman Begins (2005) – $205.3 million
6. Batman (1989) – $251.2 million
5. Suicide Squad (2016) – $262.3 million (in 17 days)
4. Man of Steel (2013) – $291 million
3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – $330.4 million
2. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – $448.1 million
1. The Dark Knight (2008) – $533.3 million
Yeah, Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has this one in the bag for the foreseeable future, and of course that’s the case, those movies are great. Suicide Squad on the other hand is aiming for Man of Steel‘s 4th place, and I think it could ultimately get there.
Lastly here’s the worldwide top 10 because these days very few movies can actually cover their insane budgets in the US alone.
10. Superman (1978) – $300.2 million
9. Batman Forever (1995) – $336.5 million
8. Batman Begins (2005) – $372.7 million
7. Supeman Returns (2006) – $391.1 million
6. Batman (1989) – $411.3 million
5. Suicide Squad (2016) – $572.7 million
4. Man of Steel (2013) – $668 million
3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – $872.7 million
2. The Dark Knight (2008) – $1.003 billion
1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – $1.084 billion
Just like in the previous top 10, Suicide Squad is going after Man of Steel‘s spot (4th) and worldwide it probably has an even better shot at taking it (but won’t go higher than $700 million). Aside from that The Dark Knight and its sequel switched places, with Rises in 1st this time. No wonder they’re focusing so much more on Batman/Bruce Wayne in Justice League, after all he is by far DC Comics’ most bankable hero. When done well, the sky is the limit with good old Bats.
Next up for Warner and DC Comics on the big screen are The LEGO Batman Movie (February 10th 2017), Wonder Woman (June 2nd 2017), Justice League (November 11th 2017), The Flash (March 16th 2018), Aquaman (July 27th 2018) and another half a dozen other still untitled projects, including a Batman film and another Justice League installment, and that’s all in the next three years. Obviously Warner Bros. have plans for even more (Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps), but we’ll cross that river when we get to it. Until then what’s the one DC movie you’re looking forward to the most? For me right now it’s probably more Wonder Woman than Justice League, and that’s solely based on the Comic-Con trailer and her somehow being the best part of a movie called Batman v Superman.