“Justice League” Box Office Results for Opening Weekend

While the “Justice League” movie took the No. 1 spot at both the U.S. and International Box Office this weekend, the numbers tell differing stories across the board.

Internationally, the film took in an impressive $185.5 million at approximately 47,000 screens in 65 markets, led by $51.7 million in China. This is better than what both “Wonder Woman” and “Thor: Ragnarok” managed on their opening weekends.

Domestically, “Justice League” underperformed, taking in $96 million.

This brings the worldwide total for the weekend to $281.5 million.

According to Variety, “Justice League” carries a production budget of more than $250 million, according to several sources. The studio hopes that DC’s interconnected cinematic universe of comic book heroes and villains can deliver huge audiences around the globe. Analysts believe “Justice League” would have to bring in a lofty sum of around $600 million from ticket sales alone and additional revenue from ancillaries like pay-TV and home entertainment in order to turn a profit.

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redcape
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A bunch of speculation. By the time Monday morning rolls along there should be around $300mil in the bank. This movie should have good legs in spite of the damage done by two bit movie critics. Probably 90% of the movie goers are going to give this movie a top rating. That alone will help box office traffic. And it deserves it.

SupermanArmy
Member

Just as it underperformed this opening weekend, through word of mouth, I hope it overperforms during the upcoming 4 day Thanksgiving weekend, Coco notwithstanding. I know I will be seeing it again.

Randarch
Member

Hi SA, I was thinking of something along these lines. It may have a very strong Holiday weekend. We should consider that many people avoided taking their kids/family opening weekend, expecting to go this weekend.

car2nst
Member

I agree 100% in fact I mentioned it on another forum, I was told had no common sense & did not know a thing about Box Office earnings & threw a bunch of #’s how every movie drops “XX”% at this week & this day… & no way will the holiday make any difference. Since I said it could be a possibility & explained exactly what you just wrote. It may not make a difference & it may make a decent jump, but I would say our explanation & reasoning makes (common) sense :-)

World of Cardboard
Member

Another good nugget…according to LA Times…Cavill has another movie in contract. I think the one good thing is there is not another big action film between now and The Last Jedi in the United States.

Clark_Jo
Member
This post will get a lot of down votes I’m sure. But this is bad, I’m glad to see some members being positive, though I cannot share the sentiment. There’s too many films still making plenty of money that JL could have received if it had must moved. This isn’t like Wonder Woman where reviews and audiences were glowing and the box office schedule was clear for about 8 weeks. Thor and Wonder made about $50 million together. If JL had of just been delayed, released with less competition, it might have made 120+ million domestically. Then there’s SW that… Read more »
car2nst
Member

The sad thing is Star Wars will make a killing whether it is a good movie or bad just because….well Star Wars. I wasn’t too keen on The Force Awakens (its was just Ok to me) but I would describe it as a Millennial remake of A New Hope. I did however, love Rouge One.

jer
Member

A good deal of Star Wars’ audience still sees that franchise through 1977’s colored glasses and / or expect it to preform at those first movies level. So all you have to do is slap the-“SW” brand on it and that equals instant BOX office success

World of Cardboard
Member

Agree about The Force Awakens, I think it is the worst Star Wars movie personally. Star Wars is critic proof though and it was what people apparently wanted.

Superdoc
Member
I honestly don’t know what to say… this is terrible news… and I don’t think there’s a way to turn the ship around.. the frustrating part.. is that I absolutely loooved Justice league.. I am devastated by this…especially since the after credit scene was glorious, and I think that THAT movie will likely never get made… My only hope is that word of mouth can give the movie legs… but the problem I see, is that this movie will only be truly appreciated by comic book lovers.. I can appreciate how so much of this film will be lost on… Read more »
thesixthfinger
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They should be embarrassed it turned out like this. I can see this franchise being picked apart keeping only a few things and dropping mostly everyone that didn’t work out. I also don’t see another Superman movie or Justice League movie for a while.

lovecats
Member

There’s a reason why Marvel movies are doing well. This movie is that reason. This is a crappy movie

redcape
Member

If you don’t like the movie then that’s your opinion only. As for Marvel. Well the kiddy comedy direction that they seem to be going towards might get laughs, but quality? Nope, there mostly one and done.

NeoRanger
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Opinions are split, but I don’t think it’s debatable that the domestic opening was low, especially for this type of movie. I’m honestly not sure it was a good idea releasing it now, especially since they don’t have another super-hero movie slated for the season (by season I mean until summer 2018). Also, the marketing, though certainly present, wasn’t nearly as invasive and viral as that of BvS. You know my feelings on BvS, but I’m positive the marketing helped that movie make a ton of money. On that front, the WB president may have actually not been wrong to… Read more »
Hollywood
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redcape
Member

Too much Dr. Doom here. They haven’t even added in all the take for the 20th. So up to the 19th were at $281.5k. Plus with the 4 day weekend coming up movie business will be brisk. Keep in mind that it’s doing quite well even after the no nothing movie critics have done their best or worse trouncing of it.

lcmcbain
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It has nothing to do with Dr. Doom..facts are facts and the fact is that up to this point, this has been a massive disappointment for WB/DC. Based on precedence this movie will probably finish anywhere from 600-800 Mil Globally and that will be considered a relative failure. (I said relative) Break even is probably around $ 700 mm-750 mm (from what I’ve read). There is no way to positively spin this unless you have rose colored glasses. No matter who’s fault it is, it’s a failure on everyone’s part who was involved.

redcape
Member

Well I’m sorry but your definitions at this early time are little over the top. I mean,”massive disappointment” is a bit extreme and,”it’s a failure”, is another. We will see over this week and by the end of next weekend where things really stand.

lcmcbain
Member

Guardians of the Galaxy almost topped JL domestically opening weekend. Let that sink in. And just look at the some of the movies on the list that did beat JL Globally opening weekend. There was no hyperbole in my previous remark. To the execs at WB/DC, this is a massive disappointment at this time.

redcape
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I’m sorry but comparing GotG to JL is like saying the Titanic made money than the JL. Too different kinds of movies. GotG is certainly more kid friendly I’ll give you that with it’s talking racoon and wood like creature. Not to mention the usual fest of comedy. Still, at this point “massive” is an over statement. Especially with the holiday weekend around the corner.

lcmcbain
Member

It’s a very apt comparison and there is no amount of spinning that can disqualify it objectively. And again, the statement I made is quite accurate as I also stated “at this time” in both posts, which you seem to be missing or ignoring.

Spidey2878
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Has there been any word on the deleted scenes, alternate scenes, or extended scenes making it into blue ray or is it still to soon to tell?

sman1938
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Hmm… I am not sure how well Justice League will do these next few weeks, but I can tell you that everyone saying the low opening weekend is the end all be all of failures makes no sense by the numbers. Case in point, Wonder Woman opens at 103 million, which is 63 million less then BVS and over its run still beat out BVS by a few million. Justice League opens to a mere 7 million less then Wonder Woman, if it has legs as good or better then Wonder Woman it too will have a good run. BVS… Read more »
Spidey2878
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Maybe it’s just a slow start that will gain more money over the next few weeks. I know others already have said that, but I thought it was worth mentioning again.

redcape
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If you look at the pounding that the JL has been subjected to over this entire year, it’s doing OK. Everybody that see’s this movie will likely leave the theater and realize that this is actually a great movie and the critics were dead wrong. Your not going to hear that from the Marvel clan but anybody that likes superhero movies will have a positive conclusion about JL. It’s not the kids who will make or break the movie. It’s the younger crowd that lives on their phones, and who have this entire year, been subjected to endless click bait… Read more »
Kal-Ed
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I predict it will make a lot more for the home entertainment department. I personally loved it but it did feel unpolished and rushed. This is just unfair for the film itself.

Kal L
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Word of mouth is very strong. Aside from the critics and popular fanboy podcasters that think they’re film makers all of a sudden, most people are saying that they thoroughly enjoyed. So with that, it may pick up steam in the coming weeks. I can see this going strong in theaters until Star Wars. Time will tell.

anto31
Member

Totally disappointing.Will WB ever learn the lesson?

afriend
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I don’t know if they’re indicative of “most people” or not, but my circle of friends were all “meh” on the film; it was a little better than Batman v Superman, but that was a low bar. Unless the film does $50 million or better for the next few weeks, it won’t have “legs” like some are hoping. With Coco expected to dominate the Thanksgiving weekend, and Star Wars on its heels, Justice League is the new Superman Returns, the studio will call it a good effort and say it’s really no one’s fault, but that it’s time to “reevaluate”… Read more »
LarGand
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I’m sorry to say this … but I’m not surprised. I think WB shot itself in the foot as it was building the DCEU with a series of short-cuts and “course corrections” in a rush to bring this movie out and imitate Marvel’s success with the MCU. As a result, JL is half the film that it should be. Sure, it was fun – but I saw ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ two days later and thought that was ten times better, even though I’ve never really cared for either Thor or the Hulk in their comic incarnations. ‘Justice League’ was … fine.… Read more »
Spidey2878
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did they explain the floating dirt at the end of BvS in the justice league. I have only seen the movie once but I can only think of the mother box, Kryptonian tech,and the flash’s speed force that brought superman back. Did the codex play a part in his resurrection?

MattComics
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Letting Snyder be Snyder is how they ended up in this fix to begin with.

LarGand
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Have to respectfully disagree with you on that. ‘Man of Steel’ was the best of the Snyderverse movies so far by a stretch, and that was the one with the least studio interference (as far as I know). Then, when the studio thought that one didn’t make enough money, they made Snyder shelve his ‘MoS 2’ plans and rush into ‘Batman v Superman’, because they thought Batman was such a sure thing and it gave them a quick path to ‘Justice League’, which they thought was going to bring in the most $$$. Then when ‘BvS’ got killed by the… Read more »
MattComics
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The Justice League are not the Watchmen and one of the big problems is this thing of obligating the League or indeed the entirety of superheroes to BE Watchmen in one way or another when they don’t need to.

redcape
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I really don’t know where all this supposed competition between Marvel and WB/DC came from as a defining element. It keeps getting referred to as a reason that the movies from WB/DC don’t some how flow together. There has never been a competition declared by anyone at either the WB or Marvel. But it keeps getting used over and over again. The Justice League over this entire year had way more attention in the media than it needed. And for the most part just about everything said had a negative slant. There’s only one source that’s caused the movie going… Read more »
lcmcbain
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Why do you keep looking for someone else to blame when maybe, just maybe part of the general movie going public and part of the fan community simply do not think it’s a good movie. You love it, great; but others simply do not and even more simply don’t care enough to even see it. But the opinions are all moot for a movie costing this much..the only thing that matters to the execs in charge is the bottom line. And right now it’s not looking good. Perhaps that changes over the next few weeks, but right now this entire… Read more »
redcape
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Hey…..want kind of crap are you handing me. Everything I’ve pointed out is right there in black and white. This movie doesn’t come close the categories of dislike that has been invented. There are more people that are more prone not to see this movie just because of facts that I’ve stated, than there are people that have seen it like yourself and don’t. And I know as far as the WB executives are concerned the bottom line is what ends up in the bank. Here’s another mind boggling case example. Comments abound are still calling for Zack Snyder’s head… Read more »
supermanofsteel
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This movie doesn’t come close the categories of dislike that has beeninvented You have NOTHING to base this off of except your own personal encounters. Even if you spoke to a thousand people, that is no way a consensus. People are allowed to have negative opinions, that includes CRITICS. For the record, everyone I talked to hated it. I’m the only one who thought it wasn’t that bad. There are more people that are more prone not to see this movie just because of facts that I’ve stated Were critics a factor? Yes, I won’t deny that. But it wasn’t… Read more »
redcape
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Well..were all HUGE Superman fans. But one of the big differences is that what ever comes around regarding Superman, and it doesn’t fit some peoples particular definition of how he should be, then the, lets trash it crowd, starts bellowing. But I will still stand by that this movie has been in the lime light all year long and anytime there was something said about it, it was fueled with invented fake negative news just for the sake of continuing with these crummy articles. The critics seemed to fall in love with that aspect and right from the word go… Read more »
supermanofsteel
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“Well..were all HUGE Superman fans. But one of the big differences is that what ever comes around regarding Superman, and it doesn’t fit some peoples particular definition of how he should be, then the, lets trash it crowd, starts bellowing.” Sure. But there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a fictional character, so there is no right or wrong answer. But if they were to make Superman a coward, or racist, or downright evil, I wouldn’t stay quiet, I would trash it. “The Justice League might not have every single environment in it that we all collectively wanted to see, but… Read more »
supermanofsteel
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I guess you only have to look to the results of our poll to see that most Superman fans liked/loved the movie

Let’s be honest Steve, out of all the years you had this site, when have you ever put out a poll where the MAJORITY of voters reacted negatively to something that promoted Superman?
I’m guessing pretty few.

sundevil82
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I don’t understand people buying into the whole ‘conspiracy’ against JL. That is non existent. If you want someone to blame, blame the people in charge, the execs (Kevin tjuisihara sp.?) who keep shooting themselves in the foot and who only care about money. Look at how they’ve handled everything thus far. They’ve interfered with at least 3 films now. If they didn’t like the product then it was their fault in the first place for hiring the wrong personnel. After 2 divisive films, they brought back Snyder for the biggest movie and completely rushed it to make more money… Read more »
redcape
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Your right. There’s no conspiracy going on. But by the same token there’s no direct upper level competition between Marvel and the WB. Sure ….there might some in house bantering but that’s about it. We will disagree on whether or not a site like RT is capable of swaying people and opinions one way or another. I think that has firmly been established.

Spidey2878
Member

Will there be a how it should have ended cartoon for JL? Their cartoons are always funny. I’m sure it will be fun to watch.

redcape
Member

One good note. Were over 300K this morning and the JL has opened to a terrific audience in China! We will see where things stand after this weekend.

World of Cardboard
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The problem for WB right now is that Disney has three massive IPs ( Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars) that can flood the market during peak times and are guaranteed to make at least $750 million. Same thing happened to MOS when Monsters University and WWZ the next weekend. DC movies can’t and won’t top box office on multiple weeks if they are followed by Pixar or Star Wars or Marvel I don’t know why anyone is surprised any Pixar movie would beat JL in week 2 of its release even under the best circumstances (good reviews etc.). Not to… Read more »
NeoRanger
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^This is a very good, more practical point worth keeping in mind. Justice League could’ve been a masterpiece and it’d still struggle sandwiched between Thor, Coco and Star Wars.

lcmcbain
Member

I disagree. If this Universe was universally (no pun intended) loved, and it was a masterpiece, it’s those other movies that would have been in trouble.