Justice League Suffers the Lowest Opening of Any DC Movie Yet

Posted 2017/11/19 2282 0

Justice League had a very disappointing opening weekend at the box office.


"Justice League" made $96 million, and was the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend. However, it didn't meet their box office expectations, earning the least amount of money out of all of the DCEU movies yet. Internationally, Justice League has pulled in an additional $185.5 million for a worldwide opening weekend of $281.5 million. That’s certainly nothing to be sniffed at, but with a $300 million budget, Justice League needs at least $600 million globally to put itself in the black.

The earliest box office projections had the movie making north of $150 million opening weekend, but projections later fell to a more reasonable $120M, and then again to $110M. Justice League looked to be on track for the latter with a solid debut in Thursday night previews, and somehow things have changed again. The movie is the fifth installment of its DC Extended Universe, aimed at duplicating the success of Disney and Marvel's MCU franchises. And it's by far the lowest launch for the DCEU. For comparison within its own universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened to $166 million, followed by Suicide Squad on $133.7 million, Man of Steel on $116.6 million and Wonder Woman on $103.3 million. In terms of the year’s other superhero blockbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 leads the way with $146.5 million, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on $122.7 million, Spider-Man: Homecoming on $117 million, Wonder Woman on $103.3 million and Logan on $88 million.

Justice League had a very public difficult birth, which may have had a negative impact on its box office earnings. Many DC loyalists are angry and think that Zack Snyder's vision was not seen through when Joss Whedon took over the project. Others feel burned by the quality of the movies and don't take comfort when reviews say that it's slightly better than Batman v Superman. Regardless, it's not exactly over for Justice League with the holiday weekend coming up and the continuing success overseas.