The Justice League finally came together on the big screen but the movie failed to meet expectations in its opening weekend, falling short of $100 million.
If there's one thing we've learned this year, it's that tracking isn't always accurate. For instance, Wonder Woman was estimated to open below $100 million over the summer, yet went on to surpass expectations and post a $103 million opening weekend. And just two weeks ago, Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok looked set to open around $100 million only to out perform estimates and come in around $122 million. So, when it was revealed that Justice League was tracking for a $110-$120 million opening, many were sure that number would increase once all was said and done. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case as the numbers are now in and Justice League looks to have opened around $96 million -- which marks the DC Extended Universe's worst opening to date.
JUSTICE LEAGUE call sheet: Domestic Debut ($96M) Males (58%) 25+ (69%) CS (B+) IMAX ($10.3M, 11%) Budget ($300M)— Exorcist Relations (@ERCboxoffice) November 19, 2017
While $96 million wouldn't be a terrible opening for most films, Justice League, which has a reported budget of $300 million, is DC's Avengers -- it should have easily rivaled Marvel Studios' superhero franchise and opened well north of $100 million. (For comparisons sake, The Avengers opened to $203.7 million in 2012, while Avengers: Age of Ultron earned $191.3 million in 2015.) Unfortunately, mediocre reviews seem to have worked against the film.
Justice League saw a shift in directors earlier this year when Zack Snyder had to leave due to a personal tragedy, leaving Warner Bros. to bring in Batgirl director Joss Whedon to finish the film -- including the massive reshoots -- ahead of its November release. While it's reported that Whedon only re-shot around 15-20% of the film, fans have petitioned for a Snyder director's cut, stating that it's Whedon's re-shot scenes that ultimately hurt the superhero epic.
Thankfully, the film appears to be faring far better overseas. It opened to $181 million internationally, bringing the worldwide total to $281 million.
DC's JUSTICE LEAGUE had a better go of things overseas where it chalked up $185M this weekend, and a worldwide debut of $281M.— Exorcist Relations (@ERCboxoffice) November 19, 2017
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.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)