Justice League is tracking to have the second biggest opening weekend at the worldwide box office of any DC Films installment. The Zack Snyder-directed movie is almost upon us after the cast has officially premiered it in Los Angeles Monday night. With the many critics and members of the press who have already seen it sharing their initial thoughts on it being a great time at the cinema, and a step in the right direction for the franchise, fan excitement for the project has continued to be bolstered.
This good word of mouth is expected to only lure more people to the theaters once Justice League finally rolls out this Friday. It’ll debut in the U.S. and in several other territories around the globe, including one of the biggest comic book movie markets, China. There wasn’t much doubt that Justice League would lack attendance in its opening weekend, but the good press it’s currently getting will likely convince people who are still on the fence to catch it right away, adding to the droves of fans flocking to their nearest cinemas this weekend to see what the buzz is all about.
Deadline is reporting that Justice League could be going home with $325M-$355M in ticket sales all over the globe this coming weekend, making it the second largest opening haul for a DC Films project, and aptly so given that it is the first time Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash are all featured in one movie. Ranking it with other box office openings within the comic book/superhero film genre, the projected number will result to the DC epic topping Warners’ Suicide Squad ($267M) and Fox’s Deadpool ($264.7M) and land just below Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 ($372.5M). Domestically, it is tracking to pocket a whopping $120 M and $215M-$235M overseas on its debut weekend.
Saying that Justice League‘s production was problematic is an understatement. A lot was riding on the movie even before it went through all the kerfuffle of Joss Whedon stepping int for reshoots, since it is supposed to solidify DC’s blueprint for an interconnected movie series. It did not help that the divisiveness of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad threw people off of the budding franchise. However, fortunately Warners scored a win with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, which served as a palate cleanser in preparation for the upcoming blockbuster.
Regardless of what the movie has gone through, it is admittedly difficult to resist the temptation to see all these iconic superheroes band together for the first time on the big screen. Even folks behind the project wanted people to enjoy Justice League as it is and not concern themselves with the setbacks it had behind-the-scenes. Despite it all, the movie seems to have overcome all the trials thrown at it and if it was able to power through the predicament it was subjected to, then it is safe to say that the DC Films series will be relentless in attempting to better themselves in all their upcoming endeavors.