The Suicide Squad (2021) has become the most watched DC movie in HBO Max during its premiere. The platform premium of HBO, currently not available in Spain and with simultaneous premieres with the cinema, accumulated in its first three weeks more than 4.7 million views in the United States; ahead of the 3.9 million unique users accumulated by Wonder Woman 1984 in the same period of time.
James Gunn’s new movie, a reboot of the license from the 2016 film, has not only agreed with much of the public, with more than 91% approval by verified users on Rotten Tomatoes (The original had 26%), but it is also the DC production with the most views in its opening weeks on HBO Max.
A spectator hit; a disappointment in collection
In addition to surpassing Wonder Woman 1984, the new cinematic adventure of The Suicide Squad surpasses 3.2 million viewers of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, another of the great premieres of the company this year. These good results do not improve, however, the 5.5 million viewers of Mortal Kombat nor the 5.1 million unique views of Godzilla vs Kong, Nevertheless.
In addition, this audience success of The Suicide Squad does not correspond to a success at the box office or in total collection. Either due to the particularities of COVID-19, which has directly affected cinema attendance around the world, or due to other circumstances, Warner Bros. has been dissatisfied with the film’s financial performance. With $ 142.8 million raised worldwide, the American giant expected more from supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and company.
Not surprisingly, the reputation of the brand The Suicide Squad has improved ostensibly in the cinema and, judging by DC’s plans, there are many works on the way that will continue to explore this universe. For 2022, Warner has the premiere of The Batman, DC League of Super-Pets, Blac Adam, The Flash, Squaman and the Lost Kingdom and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.