Friday, June 21, 2024

Box Office: “Justice League” Needs Super Hero Rescue, Opening Weekend Falls Way Short of $100 Million


Warner Bros. “Justice League” is now officially in trouble. Friday’s opening including Thursday previews comes to $38.2 million. The projected weekend gross is around $93-$95 million.

This is far below the original grim estimates of $110 million. And even farther below “Batman vs. Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” its two predecessors. Forget about mega hit “Wonder Woman.”

At this rate, “Justice League” set a record for worst debut of a franchise comic book movie.

Think about it: “Wonder Woman” just on her own had an opening night of $38 million. This new chapter has Batman and Superman, plus Aqua Man, The Flash and so on.

Since comic book movies are all anyone at any studio cares about anymore, this is a problem.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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