"Justice League" Takes in $281 Million at Worldwide Box Office

That would allow the DCEU to build on the goodwill generated by Cavill's performance in Justice League (all jokes about his wonky CGI-erased facial hair aside) by placing him front and center in a vehicle of his own for the final film in his original contract, rather than having him share the screen with others in Justice League 2. It opened to $181 million internationally, bringing the worldwide total to $281 million.

It's a little sad to think that a $94 million opening could ever be considered a "disappointment", but it has to be said because the movie reportedly cost well over $300 million to produce.

Producer Todd Lieberman credited Lionsgate with making an astute counterprogramming scheduling move and added, " The timing was great because people really want a feel-good movie".

"Joss Whedon saved this film".

In today's world, where superhero blockbusters keep the lights on at all the studios in Hollywood, an anticipated release like "Justice League" - powered with the iconic characters Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg - not being able to crack $100 million is a shocking result that could lead to dramatic changes in the franchise.

Internationally, Justice League grossed $185.5 million in 65 markets including China, which led the way with $51.7 mill. That's antithetical to what Warner Bros. was hoping with Justice League, and certainly in stark contrast to The Avengers' record-setting $207 million opening weekend in the wake of four previous standalone Marvel movies.

Rounding out third place this weekend is "Thor: Ragnarok", bringing in an estimated $21.7 million in its third week out. Paramount's second weekend of "Daddy's Home 2" finished fourth with $14.8 million at 3,575 sites, followed by Fox's second weekend of "Murder on the Orient Express" with $13.8 million at 3,354 locations. Fox Searchlight opened McDonagh's movie in NY and L.A. last weekend then expanded it into 53 theaters on Friday where it took in $1.1 million (about $21,132 per theater) for ninth place.

Sony/Affirm's faith-based animated family movie The Star, which garnered an A CinemaScore, opened to $10-M tells the Nativity story through the eyes of animals. The film, which has received mixed reviews, will expand into about 1,500 theaters Wednesday. A24 plans to further expand the coming-of-age movie, which marks Greta Gerwig's feature directorial debut, over the Thanksgiving holiday.

As expected, both Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ended up in the Top 10 with A24 expanding Lady Bird into 238 theaters where the movie made $2.5 mill. for eighth place. The year-to-date deficit dropped from 5% to 4.3% in one week with the current 2017 total at 9.39 billion, according to comScore.




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