– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Things continue to not look so good for Justice League. The film made less than $94 million in its opening weekend, and for a movie that has so many iconic heroes in one place, that’s more than a little disappointing. But just how disappointing can we expect it to be?

Sure, other films like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were disappointing to fans, but they still managed to make a hefty profit. But what about Justice League? Sadly, it appears to be in a whole different situation.

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According to Forbes, Justice League’s budget is likely hovering around $300 million (including reshoots), and that’s not even including marketing, which is speculated to have cost around $150 million. With that in mind, the total cost here is around $450 million. Then, taking into account the theater cut, the film will likely need to make just shy of $700 million worldwide to break even.

But how much will the movie make? Forbes speculates that, based on the trajectory of the last four films, that number will ultimately be around $635 million, resulting in around $50 to $100 million in losses. If we’re to believe our rough calculations on how much it needs to break even, it looks to lose around $65 million.

Given that this film was supposed to be the film that kicked the DCEU to a $1 billion franchise, this is more than a little disappointing, and we’re sure we’re going to be seeing the ramifications of this in the coming months.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that Justice League has a longer tail at the box office than anticipated, but there is no real indication that that would be the case. With its B+ CinemaScore, it’s not exactly clear that audiences were smitten with this one.

We’re anxious to see where the final numbers fall.

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SOURCE: Forbes

  • TheOct8pus

    Hey, if I got a B+ at something, I’d pat myself on the back and have a beer!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Yeah, a 50 million dollar beer.

      • TheOct8pus

        Mmm…50 million dollar beer….

  • Lenin1959

    What? How could that happen after that creative, intelligent, and not a bit overhasty approach to this new DC movie universe?

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I blame the Marvel fan boys personally.

      • Lenin1959

        Yes, absolutely. Marvel and Disney are so successful that they put the pressure on WB/DC to win an already lost race.
        If WB/DC are driven by rational people, they will quit the current movie universe, go back to the drawing board and try to re-boot the DC universe in 10 years or so. But I guess shareholder value will make them try to put the saddle on the dead horse again for another movie… and another… and when the horse is already rotting and stinking they will still tell themselves and the shareholders that the horse isn’t dead but just smelling funny. Money/greed makes people stupid. Always did and always will.

  • Kratos

    seriously anyone that has paid attention to this “franchise” could have seen this coming a mile away…only 1 film, WW, out of 5 has had any semblance of near universal praise by critics and the general public.

  • claudiomario

    Im sure the studios knew. This train started moving and there was no holding back. They kept zach snyders name as director to avoid tarnishing wheldons name.

    They better cut the crap with this “its fun” “funny” bs. It was at best a goofy film with shat cgi steppenwolf ..

    Wb has endless stories and they literally came up w this as an end product.

    Im hoping they drop flashpoint. Make a stand alone flash film and dont worry abkut jl2 untill batman aquaman and even mos2 happens.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Newsflash: WB announces it will be circumventing standalone Flash and Cyborg films to do a Dark JL/JL team up movie.

  • randomironicname

    I wonder if this is a career killer for Snyder? what body of work could he fall back to in an attempt to re-establish confidence.

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.