Justice League opens with a strong global weekend; yet falls short domestically

Justice League

Justice League Synopsis: In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. When coming to the worldwide total, the movie has made a solid $281.5 million.

"Clearly there is interest in the movie", Goldstein said. "This could be a $100 million movie as people get the word out".

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Critics have laid a lot of the blame at how the film was put together, with Joss Whedon rewriting and reshooting anywhere from (depending on the source) 20% to 80% of the finished film after Zack Snyder was unable to complete it due to a family tragedy, and with the studio mandating a strict two-hour running time after Batman v Superman ran 151 minutes. Wonder Woman opened with $103 million, and more recently, Thor: Ragnarok opened with $122 million.

Justice League will reunite Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and Robin Wright as General Antiope alongside J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard (The Danish Girl) as Mera, Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) as Vulko, Kiersey Clemons (Dope) as Iris West and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) as Steppenwolf. Cinema Score now ranks the film as a B+ based on audience reactions, while Rotten Tomatoes has it at a 39% according to critics, and an 85% audience score. For a more 1:1, the gross production budget of The Avengers-a comparable film given its large ensemble cast-was $220 million, but that movie scored over $200 million opening weekend and went on to hit over $1.5 billion worldwide.

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For Justice League, Warner Bros. and DC estimated opening weekend takings of $110 million. "Wonder", starring Jacob Tremblay as a fifth grader with a facial deformity, received an A+ CinemaScore with an audience that was 68% female and 66% over 25.

Rounding out the top five - and continuing their battle from last week - are Paramount's paternal comedy Daddy's Home 2, with about $14.8 million, and Fox's whodunit Murder on the Orient Express, with about $13.8 million.

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We'll see how the world receives the film now that it's playing in theaters.

A Bad Moms Christmas took seventh place with $6.9 million and $50.9 mill. domestic gross, paling in comparison to the $100 mill. plus grossed by its predecessor. The original "Bad Moms" grossed $113 million previous year. And both "Lady Bird" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" continue to thrive in their expansions.

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Overall business topped $200 million for the weekend - a robust 27.8% gain over the same weekend a year ago.

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