Weekend Box Office: The Silver Lining For The Weak 'Justice League' Opening

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Justice League did not crack the $100 million threshold in its opening weekend, opening at a lower-than-expected $96 million at the us box office.

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.

But the mixture of poor execution and bad luck has led to a major disappointment in the movie's opening weekend. Wonder Woman, which opened to $103 million in June on half the budget, had appeared to give the franchise momentum earlier this year, but Justice League couldn't even land in the top 50 opening weekends of all time.

So what the heck happened? 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.

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Now that Justice League is meeting resistance with both critics and audiences, a motion has been launched to see a cut of the film that probably doesn't exist.

Perhaps most importantly, "Justice League" was super expensive to make, reportedly costing $300 million even without advertising costs. The track record, at least from a critical standpoint, was spotty at best, so some audience members may have been waiting for a critical consensus to see if Justice League was worth their time and money.

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If this story found its way into your feed last week, the assumption you made was probably that the movie wasn't good.

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Warner Bros. probably thought placing the "Justice League" release the week before Thanksgiving was far enough to not be hugely affected by the run of "Thor: Ragnarok", but it turned out the Marvel movie still had legs. The Sony movie grossed $65,000 from 4 theaters in NY and Los Angeles for a screen average of $16,250.

As such, Justice League took $7 million less than Wonder Woman. It's a blow Warner Bros. was likely somewhat prepared for, but the movie that beat "Ragnarok" for second place was something WB didn't factor in and surprised nearly everyone in Hollywood.

In other box office news, small film Wonder surprised with a $27.1 million. For those who believe the movie didn't hit the $100 million mark because of bad luck, this is the example they can use.

But back to the box office.

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