Will A Ban In China Harm ‘Suicide Squad’s Record-Breaking Box Office Weekend?

It’s become impossible to even open your eyes this week without seeing some mention of Suicide Squad, DC’s latest formative entry in their ongoing cinematic universe. Prior to the release, hopes were high that David Ayer’s first foray into comic book filmmaking . Now that the reviews are in, it’s looking like

Back to the drawing board, Mr. J [Via Warner Bros.]

On set reports of and could potentially tarnish the reputation of Suicide Squad even further, yet it seems that bad publicity won’t stop Warner Bros. from raking in the dough this weekend.

Suicide Squad Is Set To Have An Explosive Opening Weekend

Boom. [Via Warner Bros.]

Boom. [Via Warner Bros.]

and both report that Suicide Squad is set to overtake Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy for the biggest ever opening weekend in August. This is a hugely impressive feat, especially considering the negative press surrounding the film’s release.

It seems somewhat appropriate, then, that DC’s madcap team of villains would break the record of their rival’s very own oddball group of misfits. But what we don’t know is whether Suicide Squad will be able to earn more than GOTG in the long haul.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also broke records in its opening weekend, but the film’s box office potential, that both analysts and the studio itself were expecting.

and his pals still have the potential to overtake Zack Snyder’s previous DCEU movies, except for one huge roadblock that could prove to the nail in the coffin for Suicide Squad. That’s right. China’s at it again, guys.

How Important Is The Chinese Box Office Internationally?

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In the past decade, movies, to the point where in hope that they’ll make it past China’s notoriously tough ratings board.

Fans who prayed that would help the film reach China’s shores may be out of luck — despite Warner Bros. tweaking the film’s title to “Special Task Force X” in an effort to appease censors.

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While a ban hasn’t been officially placed yet, Ayer’s entry into the DCEU is yet to receive a release date in China and as time goes on, the chances of Special Task Force X clinching a deal seems less and less likely. The Chinese censorship board usually approves movies a few months before their release, so the fact that we still haven’t heard anything is extremely troubling.

This can’t be an easy time for Warner Bros., who are undoubtedly banking on Suicide Squad to recoup both its $175 million budget and the reputation of the DCEU. Although time will tell whether the film’s box office will fizzle out quickly or explode like one of Amanda Waller’s dashing neck pieces.

Suicide Squad Isn’t The Only Superhero Film To Be Banned From China

Are you really that surprised? [Via Warner Bros.]

Are you really that surprised? [Via Warner Bros.]

Even if Suicide Squad doesn’t open in China, other superhero movies such as Deadpool and The Dark Knight continued to thrive globally, despite them both being banned for indecent violence and reports of cultural insensitivity. However, it’s fair to say that Warner Bros. need all the help they can get right now and a Chinese ban certainly won’t help matters.

The last notable film that Chinese censors banned was Ghostbusters, . Since then, the comedy blockbuster has failed to come even remotely close to breaking even, despite receiving .

Whether Suicide Squad stalls or not though, Warner Bros will undoubtedly push ahead with their plans to extend the DCEU further. The mid-credits scene has already and trailers for both and premiered at SDCC last week to rave reviews, so don’t lose hope just yet fellow DC lovers. The Joker’s on hand to cheer you up.

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