Justice League finally arrived in theaters this past weekend but it suffered the lowest opening domestically so far for the fledgling DC Extended Universe.
Only making $94 million, Justice League was about $9 million off from Wonder Woman’s $103 million opening this summer and a whopping $70 million off from Batman v Superman’s opening of $166 million, which is the highest of the franchise. Internationally, it fared much better, making $185 million and having the 24th highest worldwide opening ever behind Rogue One’s $291 million with a combined $281.5 million. Expectations were putting Justice League at over $110 million for it’s opening but it’s the only movie so far in the franchise to not break $100 million for it’s opening weekend.
Wonder, based on a true story, had a huge counter-programming opening with $27 million, which was way beyond expectations and it got strong reviews and an “A+” Cinemascore and could possibly hold on fairly strong as a family option over the upcoming holiday weekend. It was the seventh best opening ever for star Julia Roberts.
Thor: Ragnarok dropped to third place due to the direct competition of Justice League, dropping 61% from last weekend and making another $21.8 million, putting it over $247 million domestically for its three weeks out and it’s also made over $738 million worldwide, making it the 11th highest grossing MCU movie, passing Doctor Strange and sitting behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express rounded out the top 5.
Further down the list, The Star opened in sixth place with $10 million, which as far as Christian aimed movies go, puts it between Soul Surfer and God’s Not Dead, although it had a much higher profile cast than you normally see in a Christian film. It was also the worst opening ever for Sony Animation Studios.
Two indie movies expanded and jumped into the top ten with Lady Bird coming in eighth place with $2.5 million in 238 theaters while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri made $1.1 million in 53 theaters.