“Justice League” Didn’t Do As Well As Predicted At The Box Office

DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. had high hopes in bringing together all of the cinematic versions of the DC Comics heroes for Justice League. This was their answer to Marvel’s Avengers flicks, which are two of the highest-grossing movies of all time. They even brought Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon in to finish the movie up due to original director Zach Snyder having to bow out before filming completed due to the unfortunate death of his daughter.

But alas, no one really went to see it. It only made $94 million at the box-office here in the US. It cost $300 million to make. Ouch. This probably means we’re not going to get that Matter-Eater Lad trilogy.

The Hollywood Reporter reported the dismal-ish box-office, saying that “Justice League posted the lowest domestic opening of any title in the DC Extended Universe.” More ouch.

On Sunday, estimates showed Justice League debuting to $96 million, but the final number came in lower.

The movie did better overseas, pulling in a grand total of $281.5 million so far. Rotten Tomatoes has given it a 40%, which isn’t great, but an audience score of 85%, which isn’t too shabby. Jeff Goldstein, one of the honchos over at Warner Bros., thinks the film will do better this weekend.

“Our path to box-office success is different than what we thought. Given the extremely lucrative Thanksgiving week, we have a chance to hold audiences and ultimately come in at a good level.”

Why didn’t it do as well as predicted? Well, despite the movie being acknowledged by critics as a step-up from its predecessor, the mind-numbing, interminable Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, they’re still saying it’s just not that great a flick.

Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn’t enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.

It was also outshone by Julia Roberts’ new movie, Wonder. She plays the mom to a kid with a facial deformity who has to adjust to his new school. It looks like that’s the kind of superhero people wanted to see, as it made $27.1 million.

Director Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder, which placed second, came in well ahead of expectations after strong reviews and a coveted A+ CinemaScore. The $20 million film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s acclaimed children’s novel tells the story of a young boy with a facial deformity who attends a mainstream school for the first time (the book spawned the “Choose Kind” movement).

Honestly, you can’t basically do the Super Friends movie without Zan and goddamn Jayna and expect a box-office windfall. Gal Gadot can only do so much as Wonder Woman, audiences have no clue who the other three are, and wow, does Ben Affleck obviously not want to be Batman. You should have let the Wonder Twins take the shape of an octopus and form of an “ice unicycle” (?!?) and saved your movie!

Pic: Wenn.com

25 Comments

  1. justanotherguy

    Cavill is actually a pretty good actor (The Tudors and Man from UNCLE) when he’s ALLOWED to do more than brood onscreen. He was easily one of the better parts of JS.
    And Gal continues to bring it as WW. She’s fantastic inspite of the script and Snyder and Whedon.

  2. justanotherguy

    I can’t believe what has happened to DC world. Justice League isn’t as bad as people are saying but it isn’t good either. SMH. Marvel is making bank with third and fourth tier superheroes yet Justice League won’t limp to a billion dollars. What a disappointment!

    It takes patience and planning to set up an movieverse, which is what Marvel excelled at. WB wanted to take the short-cut, thinking the names of Bats and Supes would draw audience to the theatre. Obviously, that doesn’t work. Not anymore.

    WB fucked up when they didn’t continue from NolanVerse and cast Afleck as Batman. Seriously, all they had to do was show that BatBale returns from retirement after the events of Mos and WB would have had their ready-made Universe. Now all they can do is concentrate on the solo-movies like WW2 and have a partial reboot in Flashpoint.

    Also, bring back Chris Pine. He sparkled as Steve Trevor and dammit, I want Diana and Steve to have their breakfast and babies.

  3. I don’t get why they chose Zack Snyder to direct. He made Batman vs Superman, Superman, and Watchmen before that- all his superhero movies have either been lukewarm or bad, they’re not doing him any favors by continuously hurling more at him which they STILL are. Stupid. David Ayer made the offensively bad Suicide Squad and how does DC respond? Sequel to Suicide Squad AND give Ayer Gotham City Sirens. Batfleck doesn’t work, nobody cares about Cavill as Superman (I know, I know he’s hot)….they just love hanging onto things that DON’T work.

  4. justanotherguy

    Not always. Do I even have to mention Joker?

  5. I know. It’s painful to give Wonder Woman the pass that I feel I must, I’ve wanted a female-driven superhero movie for so long. But it was super basic, I’m sorry. Wonder Woman had an edge and a wit in the beginning but just became so diluted, naive, and silly by the end of it. It was cringey with it’s underdeveloped token characters, Xena costumes, the relentlessly tacky slow-mo shots, and the excessive CGI. You want a feminist triumph from DC? Catwoman in both Batman Returns and Dark Knight Rises is your gal but DC is so smart they’re just putting her in some fapfest movie that may be doomed to development hell forever (Gotham City Sirens).

  6. Who really wants to see Affleck’s sad face, Henry Cavill’s non-existent acting chops and Gal Gadots nearly-not-there screen presence? Better stop this now. The second Avenger’s movie was a big mess and I’m just dreading Infinity Wars I + II.

  7. Phoenix like all the X-Men currently belong to 20th Century Fox and not part of the MCU which is owned by Marvel Studios and Disney.

    The next X-Men movie will be focused on the popular Dark Phoenix storyline.

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  8. Zack Snyder and he already walked away from the franchise because of the tragic death of his sister.

  9. Unless there’s physical proof or they come out and say they’re gay, it’s assumption period!

    As a gay man, I find it extremely shitty and offensive to label someone gay based on stereotypical traits attributed to gay men.

  10. I’ll be happy to suffer through a Jason Momoa movie.

  11. Or sometimes it’s just an observation based on the way they act and the perceived stunt dating they’ve done.

  12. My first thought was “one of those things is not like the others.”

  13. For the same reason the say the same about Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Taylor Lautner, Zac Efron, Hayden Christensen, Jake Gyllenhaal, Vin Diesel, Will Smith, Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    It’s either said out of gay wish fulfillment or which is more likely the case, people labeling them gay as means to insult them and/or view them lesser than straight men.

    Gay isn’t a bad word, assuming you’re using it to describe a man who is attracted physically, spiritually, and emotionally to other men.

  14. Spaz de la Whoreta

    Affleck grosses me out. Not even Momoa and Cavill can cancel out his smug, asschin-dominated, bloated face.

  15. I Believe You

    Ick x 200

  16. I don’t think Henry is gay (maybe because I’m completely in love with him), buy I don’t get why people always say he is but never suggest that he might be bi, why automatically say gay ?

  17. TrundleBundle

    His outfit screams jockey to me, like he should be saddling SeaBiscuit right now.

  18. Literarylioness

    Who is the guy dressed as Lord Fontilroy moon eyeing Mamoa?

  19. Literarylioness

    I think Affleck’s manboobs were too distracting.

  20. ThenTheLordMadeYolettie

    Ezra Miller is openly gay…and some find Cavill questionable.

  21. Throw the whole thing away. That coffin was already set up the minute some idiot decided to cast Ben as Batman… Also throw Jack Snyder in as well.

  22. LoopyGorilla

    that twink Ezra looks like he wants a piece of daddy too.

  23. LoopyGorilla

    Id watch that video over and over again

  24. ThenTheLordMadeYolettie

    Happy belated birthday! 🎂

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