‘Suicide Squad’ passes $500M box-office milestone

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) — The eagerly awaited, but critically panned, comic-book adaptation Suicide Squad has passed the $500 million milestone, Warner Bros. confirmed.

From writer/director David Ayer, the supervillain ensemble picture stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis.

The studio said this week the movie’s domestic, box-office total now stands at more than $238 million, while the international figure is $271 million, with the film opening in Germany this weekend and in Japan on Sept. 10.

“It is incredibly rewarding to see audiences around the world coming out in such a big way for Suicide Squad. We have several major markets yet to open, and expect to continue seeing strong returns at the box office for the weeks to come,” WB executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg said in a statement Thursday.

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