The numbers are in, and Justice League has gone on to make a decent $13 million in ticket sales domestically for Thursday night showings. So how does this all compare to more recent films? Let’s take a look at the seven biggest openers of the year.
Beauty and the Beast – $16.3M Thursday – $174.8M Opening
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $17M Thursday – $146.5M Opening
Spider-Man: Homecoming – $15.4M Thursday – $117.0M Opening
Thor: Ragnarok – $14.5M – $122.7M Opening
IT – $13.5M Thursday – $123.4M Opening
Wonder Woman – $11M Thursday – $103.3M Opening
Fate of the Furious – $10.4M Thursday – $98.8M Opening
Logan – $9.5M Thursday – $88.4M Opening
As you can see from the list above, Justice League has a Thursday night box office haul that’s greater than almost half of the films on the list. Most notably, it has a higher haul than Wonder Woman and a lower haul than IT, which went on to make $103 million and $123 million in their opening weekends, respectively.
Should the trend for Justice League fall in line with those films, projections of around $115 to $120 million are likely to be expected. This is not a terrible opening, but given the stakes in this film, as well as the sort of lukewarm reception from critics, it’s definitely a bit of a disappointment (especially since Batman v Superman made a massive $27.7 million on Thursday, and $169 million in its opening weekend).
However, there is one potential silver lining here. The film seems to be getting pretty good reception from fans. It’s possible that a high CinemaScore and good word of mouth from fans can help make sure that this one doesn’t plummet in its second weekend like the first one did.
We’ll have to wait and see.