Audiences reject ‘Justice League’ at the box office

When is a good debut not a good debut? When a film can’t meet even tempered expectations, as this week’s number one film demonstrated. Here’s what went down:

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Justice League debut on top of the box office this weekend, as expected, but DC’s version of Marvel’s Avengers could only deliver an estimated $96 million. The first Avengers film meanwhile debut with over $200 million for its opening weekend! There is simply nothing good about this number for Warner Brothers. Justice League was designed to bring all of DC’s heroes together for an epic story and big box office money. Well, the movie isn’t particularly epic (thanks to a lacklustre villain) and the box office return just wasn’t there. None of this is the fault of the cast, all of whom do strong work in a weak film. Instead, this poor performance is a rejection from the majority mainstream audience of the storytelling style of previous Zack Snyder DC films, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (and once again, I liked that film). Hopefully, the strength of the characters and new creative blood will bode well for upcoming films with Aquaman and The Flash, but for now, this weekend can be seen as nothing but a disappointment.

As for the rest of the top five, the new Julia Roberts bullying film Wonder debut in second place with an outstanding $27 million. The book, which is being read in schools across North America, translated to big screen success. Thor: Ragnarok was in third place with $21 million. Daddy’s Home 2 was in fourth place with $14.8, with Murder on the Orient Express closing things out in fifth place with $13.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Justice League – $115 million
2) Thor: Ragnarok – $25 million
3) Wonder – $17 million
4) Daddy’s Home 2 – $16.5 million
5) Murder on the Orient Express – $16 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Justice League – $96 million
2) Wonder – $27 million
3) Thor: Ragnarok – $21 million
4) Daddy’s Home 2  – $14.8  million
5) Murder on the Orient Express – $13.8 million

Next weekend sees the release of Roman J. Israel, Esquire and Coco. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

 

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