Justice League is making box office strides in China, as its massive box office opening weekend even ushered the country into a new record-breaking ticket revenue. Warner Bros.’ first crack at a superhero ensemble project may have just debuted way less than everybody expected it to be, raking in just $96 million domestically, but it proves to be a hit in other territories, including the East Asian nation where it started strong with a solid $52.1 million.
It is almost a week since Justice League debuted all over the world. After a tumultuous production process, die-hard DC fans are finally able to realize their life-long dreams of seeing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg (despite him actually being a part of the Teen Titans instead) all together on the big screen. Unfortunately, the end product was just not the smash hit that everyone was hoping it to be. Despite a general consensus that it is indeed a step in the right direction for the DC Extended Universe, the movie was flawed and in a lot of ways feels disjointed. It did not also help that the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score, as well as, its CinemaScore aren’t exactly enticing.
LA Times reports that the DC epic’s $52.1 million Chinese debut sales have helped China’s box office in setting a brand new record when it comes to ticket revenues with 2017 marking the first year that it surpassed the $7.55 billion threshold. That is a significant increase from 2016’s $6.58 billion collection, resulting in growth from last year’s 3.7% to 15%. Despite this, Justice League‘s opening numbers is still 10% below 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice but 30% above this summer’s Wonder Woman.
While these numbers are great for the Chinese box office, it is even greater for Warner Bros. It is no secret that the Justice League had a rather lackluster performance in the North American box office. Despite featuring DC’s premier team of superheroes, it had the worst opening out of the five DCEU installments we have seen. This is only made worse by the massive budget that the movie had, to the point that it could potentially lose the film studio as much as $100 million. While this may be a little early to call considering that we are only a week in since it debuted worldwide, the fact that we are even talking about this possibility is kind of mind-boggling.
Back in North America, unfortunately, Justice League is looking at an uphill battle especially with Pixar’s Coco raking in great reviews. Currently, the feel-good animated film tops the superhero team-up flick according to Fandango’s Thanksgiving weekend ticket sales, which is traditionally one of the biggest box office weekends every year. The good news, however, is that the film is holding up pretty well when it comes to the expected second-week sales drop after a strong showing at the box office last Tuesday.
Source: LA Times
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