‘Justice League’ Week 1 Box Office Update

Justice League opened in North America at a $94 million weekend.

While a $94 million opening is no small achievement, it was lower than predicted. The projections ranged from as high as $150 to $110 million. Interestingly, it is also the lowest opening of any DC Extended Universe film. Man of Steel opened at $116 million. Batman V Superman opened at $166 million. Suicide Squad opened at $134 million. Most recently, Wonder Woman opened at $103 million.

Overseas, Justice League earned $185 million in 56 international markets. The combined foreign and domestic gross make for a $279 million worldwide box office.

Is ‘Justice League’ a Disappointment?

With the opening numbers coming in lower than expected, people are already calling the movie a disappointment. But, the film’s biggest test is the second weekend box office numbers. Historically, the audience attendance has steep declines for DCEU films, with the exception of Wonder Woman. For example, Batman v Superman’s box office dropped whopping 70% from its opening weekend.

However, the bright side is that Justice League has a better chance of having box office staying power than Batman v Superman. It opened in America during Thanksgiving week, where many workplaces and schools are off. The film also has a higher Rotten Tomato rating than any DCEU flick except for Wonder Woman. Finally, the CinemaScore audience rating gave the movie a B+ rating, indicating a higher audience satisfaction rate than critics.

Hopefully, we will see some decent legs as this movie’s theatrical run continues.

Justice League is now in theaters.

Eric Lee

Eric Lee

Eric Lee hails from San Francisco, California and has been one of the biggest fans of Batman since he was 2 years old when his dad showed him Tim Burton's 'Batman' on a fuzzy VHS. Currently, Eric is an avid comic book reader and writer and illustrator working on his own graphic novel. You can see his doodles at meeleeart.com.