‘Justice League’ Wins Box Office, Falls Short of Expectations

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Justice League” won the weekend, but was the first DCEU film to open with under $100 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

“Justice League” is the fifth film in the DC Extended Universe. It follows “Man of Steel,” “Batman v. Superman,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Wonder Woman.” It also had the fifth highest opening weekend. It should be noted that “Wonder Woman” cleared just over $100M in its debut, and went on to become the highest grossing of the franchise, as well as the highest grossing superhero origin film of all time. Which means there is still hope for “Justice League” to pick up some steam going into the holiday weekend. And when adding overseas sales, the film has already earned a total of just over $280M.

Read the official Awards Circuit review here.

Also debuting this weekend was second place, “Wonder” with $27M. The ticket sales for this film, which stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson, was somewhat of a surprise. It only opened in the US, so there are no reported international numbers yet.

Dropping into third place in its third week is “Thor: Ragnarok” with $21M. The God of Thunder’s third outing is officially the highest grossing of the “Thor” films, and eleventh in the MCU. When accounting for worldwide box office, “Thor: Ragnarok” is the eighth highest overall in the MCU.

Fourth place went to “Daddy’s Home 2” with $14.8M.

And “Murder on the Orient Express” moved down to fifth place with $13.8M. Domestically, it has earned $51M, but its worldwide total is just short of $150M. This puts it well over its estimated $55M budget.

The animated Sony Christmas film, “The Star,” opened in sixth place with $10M. With a voice cast that includes Anthony Anderson, Oprah Winfrey, Tracy Morgan, and Tyler Perry, the budget was $20M. Earning half of that while debuting only in the US, it will likely earn back that budget within two more weeks.

A Bad Moms Christmas” dropped to seventh place with $6.9M. This puts its three-week total at $51M, well above the $28M it cost to produce. It has also earned $26M overseas, giving it a total of $77M worldwide.

Lady Bird” continues to dazzle audiences. It expanded to an additional 200 screens, increasing its ticket sales by 110%. It has earned about $4.7M so far, and continues to be loved by audiences and critics. It still boasts an impressive and coveted 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also impressing is ninth place finisher “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The dark comedy expanded from 4 to 51 screens, and saw a 246% increase as a result. It hasn’t cleared $2M yet, but will likely do more business as awards season releases reach their crescendo.

And finishing out the top 10 is “Jigsaw” with $1M. The eighth film in the “Saw” franchise is seventh place in box office totals for the franchise. But it is inching closer to $90M overall, so another round of torturous games is likely.

Next week’s releases include “Coco” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq,” with limited releases of “Darkest Hour” and “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”

Did you see “Justice League” this weekend, or something else? Comment below and tell us about it!

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.


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