Weekend Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Underperformed with $96 Million

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Warner Bros. Pictures‘ costly Justice League has dominated the U.S. box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million across the Friday-to-Sunday period. The movie reportedly cost $300-350 million to produce and it’s by far the lowest launch in the DC Extended Universe to date.

The long-awaited DC team-up pulled in a stronger $185.5 million overseas for the worldwide total up to $281.5 million. Directed by Zack Snyder with some assistance from Joss Whedon, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J.K. Simmons. Domestic audiences gave the film a B+ CinemaScore.

Lionsgate‘s Wonder came in well ahead of expectations and grossed $27 million domestically its first weekend in second place. Directed by Stephen Chbosky, and starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, the film received an A+ CinemaScore.

Marvel Studios‘ Thor: Ragnarok followed in third with $21.8 million and is now up to $247.3 million in North America.

Paramount Pictures’ Daddy’s Home 2 placed No. 4 with $14.8 million, followed by Fox’s second weekend of Murder on the Orient Express with $13.8 million.

Here’s the top ten for the weekend:

1. Justice League—$96,000,000
2. Wonder — $27,050,000
3. Thor: Ragnarok — $21,786,000 ($247,382,170)
4. Daddy’s Home 2 — $14,800,000 ($50,576,447)
5. Murder on the Orient Express —$13,800,000 ($51,728,362)
6. The Star — $10,000,000
7. Bad Moms Christmas — $6,890,000 ($50,912,155)
8. Lady Bird — $2,529,915 ($4,702,390)
9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — $1,115,000 ($21,038 $1,549,225)
10. Jigsaw — $1,070,000

In limited release, Sony’s Roman J. Israel, Esq., starring Denzel Washington, tallied $16,250 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a $16,250 per-location average.