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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past weekend saw the releases of three wide releases, including Justice League, the latest entry in the DC Extended Universe, the drama film Wonder, and the religious animated film, The Star.

In first place with $94 million is Justice League ($2 million lower than initially estimated). While this would be considered a good opening by normal standards, Justice League is not your standard film. Simply put, this is the Avengers of the DCEU, and as such, you know Warner Bros. was looking at at least match (if not, exceed), Batman v Superman’s $166 million opening. Instead, we ended up with a figure that was a little more than half that number. Given that the film could have cost as much as $300 million, plus an extra $100 to $200 million in advertising, the film could very well need big numbers to break even. As such, the $96 million domestically isn’t a great harbinger of things to come. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one as things develop.

In Second place is the film Wonder, the drama film about a child with Treacher Collins syndrome, with $27.1 million. The movie was decently reviewed by critics and had a touching subject matter that audiences really seem to have connected with.

In third place is Thor: Ragnarok with $21.8 million. The film has now brought in $738.1 million worldwide, easily taking in the most money of any Thor to date. However, with its 61.8 percent drop from last weekend alone, it’s safe to say that its momentum is slowing down substantially. While Justice League may have had many things going against it, Thor: Ragnarok doesn’t appear to have been a huge factor.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, November 19, are below.

  1. Justice League – Warner Bros. – $94.0M
  2. Wonder – Lionsgate – $27.1M
  3. Thor: Ragnarok – Disney – $21.8M
  4. Daddy’s Home 2 – Paramount – $14.8M
  5. Murder on the Orient Express – 20th Century Fox – $13.8M
  6. Star, The – Sony – $10.0M
  7. Bad Moms Christmas, A – STX Entertainment – $6.9M
  8. Lady Bird – A24 – $2.3M
  9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Fox Searchlight – $1.1M
  10. Jigsaw – Lionsgate – $1.1M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, November 19, are below.

  1. Justice League – Warner Bros. – $281.5M
  2. Thor: Ragnarok – Disney – $45.9M
  3. Murder On The Orient Express – 20th Century Fox – $34.5M
  4. Wonder – Multiple – $27.4M
  5. Daddy’s Home 2 – Paramount – $14.8M
  6. Bad Mom’s Christmas, A – STX Entertainment – $12.0M
  7. Star, The – Sony – $10.0M
  8. Paddington 2 – Warner Bros. – $9.2M
  9. Golden Monk, The – Multiple – $8.5M
  10. Happy Death Day – Universal – $8.2M

What do you think of this weekend’s box office performance? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, comScore

  • Ryan Johnson

    You can only burn people so many times. Once bitten, twice shy.

    • I think that’s the core issue. Justice League was superhero paint-by-numbers. Steppenwolf made no sense at all (and I seriously doubt anyone expected he would be a great villain either). Best part of the movie was the second post-credits scene, which is the movie that they should have made first!

  • SeanDon

    4 of us went to see it Saturday. I thought it was ok, lots wrong with it, but left going “that wasn’t horrible”. The other 3 people…HATED IT!

    Needless to say that DC won’t be getting anymore theater money from the 4 of us until they’ve proven themselves able to make a decent movie.

  • FeixPunk

    This is so sad for DC fans. I used to be the guy poking fun all the time, but I know how great it is to see my favorite heroes on screen and done well. How great it is to see the comic book accurate costumes and well interpreted stories. I still get a little kick at DC stumbling, but for my die hard DC fans, even my wife reads more DC than anything, I feel sorry for them.

  • Kronx

    The sad part is I really don’t know if things are going to get better for DC any time soon.

  • Kevin Motionworkscinema Knight

    Its a wake up call for DCU/Warner Bros! Stop the Zack Snyder saga and continue the DCU with the continuation of Chris Nolan’s The Dark knight Rises and slowly introduce superman, wonder woman, flash green lantern in real world grounded in reality form. Please listen! We need more of a epic drama i.e. heat and the town instead of slow motion CGI dumb special effects!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      You lost me when you wanted to continue with Nolan’s DCU. Dark Knight is great as a stand alone batman movie. But part three quickly went to shit. Robin was not any of the comic book characters, just a throwaway line. Batman was batman for like a couple of years then goes in hiding and is walking with a cane before the back breaker. Bane’s shitty talking. I’m glad the decision is not in your hands.

      • Kevin Motionworkscinema Knight

        As bad as TDKR is I will take that over the shittt batman v superman and justice league. Just look at imdb, rotten tomatoes and boxofficemojo numbers and positive reviews don’t lie.

  • Moby85

    From myself and my cinephile friends there’s just…No urgency…To see the film. We’ll probably go, on a sunday, for a matinee or something. But we weren’t fired up to see it. The humour they tried to push in trailers felt flat, IMO: “Good to see you making friends…Could be temporary.” AHAHAHAHAH…Ha…Heh…? Seemed so forced.

    • It gets worse, trust me. Dialog and plotting are just awful in this movie.

    • Victor Roa

      here here!!!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I didn’t have a problem with it. I liked it more than I thought I would. My buddy went in totally expecting a meh experience. He actually thought it was really good. Not sure what all the issues are. It was definitely better than Man of Steel or BvS. I’d say I liked it as much as Wonder Woman. Maybe a bit more.

    • Flash had a good character arc, and I liked Aquaman more than I expected. Affleck’s Batman and Bruce Wayne were both terrible, just the worst version of the character since Schumacher’s films. Wonder Woman was OK. Cyborg was a disaster.

      • randomironicname

        I have a heavy dread that Aquaman will ruin it for me.

    • Victor Roa

      that’s all I wanted to hear.

  • David E

    This movie did not have a hook for the casual movie goer.

    MoS: Casual movie goer “Ohh a new Superman Movie!”
    BvS: Casual movie goer: “Batman fighting Superman! I want to see that!”
    Justice League: Casual movie goer: “uuuuhhhhhh?”

    Between that and the fact that the DCEU has had a terrible track record (but one) that everyone knows about.

    DC/Warners still can make money from Wonder Woman 2 and maybe Aquaman, but that is about it.

  • claudiomario

    How long before ben says hes out of the dcu

    • Victor Roa

      cha ching

  • Kratos

    depending on next weekends #s, if it drops more than 50%– which i think is highly likely– i’ll be shocked if even domestically recoups the budget

  • Victor Roa

    they will probably make 600 mil world wide by DVD release…… but have you seen a ben affleck interview? It’s like 6 minute interview on NBC, and he has 5 minutes talking about Harvey Weinstein and he just stutter barely making any eye contact….. and this is suppose to paid marketing, they have the monitors come up and have the character posters for the last minute and half as he doesn’t make any eye contact and stutter to get people to go see the film.
    yeah, life is hard right now, but like people still want some escapism.

  • WTFITBS

    Thanksgiving Day weekend starts in two days. Justice League is the only film folks will show up in droves to see besides Thor: Ragnorok. It will make major bank before the weekend is up.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.