Justice League hit a speed bump last weekend at the domestic box office, falling well short of original estimates on its way to less than $100 million stateside. Nevertheless, the superhero ensemble soared in China with a healthy turnout, amassing $52.1 million in ticket sales.
According to the LA Times, the figure not only topped China’s weekend charts, but even helped secure a new milestone for the country’s yearly box office totals, which surpassed $7.55 billion for the first time. Justice League‘s revenue tallied 30% more than Wonder Woman‘s opening weekend, but the film’s return was 10% lower than 2016’s global hit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While the $52.1 million appears like a boon for the superhero epic, which experts have said could end up losing Warner Bros. between $50 and $100 million, shared distribution return agreements between the United States and China only allow for the studio to take home 25% of the country’s box office totals. With low review scores and polarized word-of-mouth surrounding it, Justice League appears likely to become a disappointment for Warner Bros., particularly after Wonder Woman secured a spot as the highest-grossing superhero origin film ever.
In theaters now, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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