Justice League takes $96M domestic and reaches $185.5M overseas
Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Justice League opened this weekend in North America with $96 million from 4,051 theaters, for an average of $23,698 per theater. Comparing Justice League to previous DC debuts, Wonder Woman opened to $103.3 million, Suicide Squad to $133.7 million, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to $166 million, and Man of Steel to $116.6 million. Domestic audiences liked the movie more than critics on Rotten Tomatoes and gave Justice League a B+ CinemaScore.
Internationally, Justice League has earned $185.5 million from approximately 47,500 screens in 65 markets. Including the domestic gross, the worldwide total is up to $281.5 million. The international highlights include: China ($51.7 million); Brazil ($14.2 million); UK ($9.8 million); Mexico ($9.6 million); Korea ($8.8 million); Russia ($6.5 million); Australia ($6.3 million); and France ($6 million).
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
Lionsgate‘s Wonder is a wonder as the book adaptation far exceeded expectations and brought in $27 million domestically its first weekend in second place. The film, which received an A+ CinemaScore, played in 3,096 theaters and averaged $8,737 per location. Directed by Stephen Chbosky, Wonder stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs, and Noah Jupe.
Marvel Studios‘ Thor: Ragnarok added another $21.8 million domestically its third weekend in the third spot and earned $24.1 million overseas for a global weekend of $45.9 million. The third installment has now collected $247.4 million in North America and $490.7 million internationally ($107.5 million from China alone) to take its worldwide total $738.1 million. The first Thor earned $449.3 million worldwide and Thor: The Dark World took in $644.5 million globally. Made for $180 million, Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
Placing fourth was Paramount Pictures’ Daddy’s Home 2, directed by Sean Anders and starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, and Mel Gibson. The sequel, produced for $69 million, added $14.8 million its second weekend for a total of $50.6 million.
Rounding out the top five was Murder on the Orient Express (20th Century Fox) with $13.8 million and a total of $51.7 million after two weeks. Internationally, Murder on the Orient Express grossed $20.7 million from 54 markets to push its overseas total to $96.5 million and worldwide sum to $148.2 million. Made for $55 million and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel features a large ensemble cast that includes Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Sir Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Sergei Polunin, and Willem Dafoe.
Sony’s AFFIRM Films and Walden Media’s faith-based The Star grossed $10 million in sixth place from 2,837 theaters, an average of $3,525. Costing $20 million to make, the film received an A CinemaScore. It features the voices of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Aidy Bryant, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Plummer, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey.
Also, STXfilms’ A Bad Moms Christmas earned $6.9 million its third weekend for a total of $50.9 million. Internationally, the film has earned $26.6 million for a global total of $77.5 million. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the sequel stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon. It was made for $28 million.
Columbia Pictures’ Roman J. Israel, Esq. had an exclusive preview this weekend in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, bringing in $65,000 for a $16,250 per-location average. The $22 million-budgeted film, starring Denzel Washington, will be released wide on November 22 for the Thanksgiving holiday.