‘Justice League’ takes top spot, but still underwhelms box office
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‘Justice League’ takes top spot, but still underwhelms box office

Earnings for Gal Gadot's all-star mash-up 'feels like a major disappointment,' despite opening weekend raking in some $96 million

Actor Gal Gadot, left, takes selfies with fans during the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California.   (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP)
Actor Gal Gadot, left, takes selfies with fans during the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP)

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.”

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.

 

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