The Wall Street Journal: ‘Justice League’ disappoints, ‘Wonder’ surprises in opening weekend
What was supposed to be a climax in Warner Bros.’ efforts to build a new cinematic universe for its DC comic book characters instead turned out to be a low point.
“Justice League,” a megabudget production in which Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and other superheroes team up opened to an estimated $ 96 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend. Though not a flop, that is well below the studio’s hopes and less than any DC superhero movie since the 2011 flop “Green Lantern.” The studio, owned by Time Warner Inc. TWX, +0.81% , spent nearly $ 300 million to make “Justice League” due to a combination of big ambitions and obstacles in production. Other superhero team-up movies, like Marvel’s “Avengers,” have grossed more than films featuring the individual heroes who come together and Warner had the same hope.
It remains to be seen what kind of momentum “Justice League” takes into the potentially lucrative Thanksgiving weekend. Past DC movies have had very different lives post-opening depending on audience reactions. “Wonder Woman” ultimately grossed quadruple its $ 103 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, while “Batman v Superman” grossed less than double its opening.
Also this weekend, the family drama “Wonder,” from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. LGF.A, +4.99% and co-financed with Participant Media and Walden Media, opened to a better-than-expected $ 27.1 million. The low-budget animated Bible tale “Star,” from Sony Corp.’s SNE, +0.15% Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walden, made its debut to a weak $ 10 million.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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