Optimism for Justice League ushering DC Films to a better path after its rocky start quickly dissipated when the film received mixed reviews from critics and a less than ideal Rotten Tomatoes Score. Making things worse for the movie is that unlike divisive projects like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, people did not show up and catch the ensemble flick on its opening weekend. It only took home $96 million, making it the worst opening haul for any DC Cinematic offering. Internationally, however, it did a bit better, raking in $281.5 million, but it’s still not good enough gross for a film that is supposed to be the event movie for Warner Bros.’ superhero franchise.
Things only get worse for the Zack Snyder flick as on Fandango’s latest Fanticipation chart, Coco currently ranks ahead of Justice League (via Heroic Hollywood). The animated film was able to get 94 out of 100 Fanticipation movie buzz index points compared to the aforementioned superhero film, which lands on second place with 87. Hype for Coco is bolstered by the fact that it is a film that is catered to the whole family and that it is raking in great reviews. It is currently tracking for a $55 million to $60 million five-day domestic debut just after becoming the highest grossing movie ever in Mexico.
Obviously, this is bad news for Warner Bros. as Justice League is already not doing well after being released last week. It reportedly needs to make at least $600 million just to break even and it does not seem to be going that way with a new tracking suggesting that it could even cost the film studio as much as $100 million. Many were hoping that the DC epic could rake in huge amounts of sales even after its opening weekend due to the upcoming holiday.
Much of the people’s gripe about Justice League is its rushed storytelling and lack of character establishments for the newbies, specifically Aquaman and The Flash. Henry Cavill’s CGI-removed mustache has also made quite an impression to fans as there are shots of Superman’s face which looks totally odd. Having said that, people who enjoyed the movie cite the team’s dynamic as its biggest win. Meanwhile, given the film’s tumultuous production process that led to Joss Whedon taking over during reshoots, many people are campaigning for the release of Snyder’s original cut of the movie.
Source: Fandango (via Heroic Hollywood)
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