It might have scored top of the North American box office, but “Justice League” didn’t have the super opening weekend predicted, falling short of expectations with takings of $96 million, according to industry estimates released Sunday.
With an all-star cast including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, “Justice League” — based on the DC Comics superheroes team — sees a mash-up of classic characters fend off the threat of supervillain Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds).
The big-budget Warner Bros. production — which fared better internationally, taking $185 million — was forecast to earn $110 million in North American cinemas, according to Variety.
Writing on Twitter, industry analyst Exhibitor Relations — which released the estimates — said “Justice League” “may be the first film to debut w/ $96M that feels like a major disappointment.”
WB's JUSTICE LEAGUE may be the first film to debut w/ $96M that feels like a major disappointment–it opened w/ $70M less than BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. A very ordinary league if there ever was one.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) November 19, 2017
In at second — earning $27.1 million — was Lionsgate’s newly-released “Wonder,” according to the box office tracker.
Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, “Wonder” follows the journey of August Pullman, a young boy with facial deformities, as he enters the fifth grade at a mainstream school for the first time.
After thundering to the top spot last week, “Thor: Ragnarok” slipped into third place in its third weekend in cinemas, taking $21.8 million.
Featuring the self-mocking humor of Chris Hemsworth as the powerful Norse god alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, goddess of death, “Thor” has raked in an impressive $247.4 million since its release in North American cinemas.
Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” halved its earnings from last weekend, dropping to fourth place with $14.8 million.
The festive comedy stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as Brad and Dusty, who join forces to give their kids the perfect holiday — an effort challenged when their own fathers show up.
In at fifth was Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” earning $13.8 million.
The fourth television or cinema adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic detective novel, the murder mystery was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as part of an A-list cast including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Judi Dench.