Justice League earned approximately $8.5 million at the international box office on its first day of release. Zack Snyder’s highly-anticipated superhero team-up movie continues the story left off with 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and unites the world’s finest heroes – Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) – in an ultimate showdown with the supervillain Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) and his army of Parademons.
Justice League marks the fifth chapter in Warner Bros.’ burgeoning DC Comics-based universe (unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe) as well as the fourth DC film (and the third DCEU movie) from director Snyder, who has shepherded the newly-formed shared universe since he started work on his 2013 film, Man of Steel. The DC movie received generally positive reactions on social media when the embargo lifted last week, though the film’s reviews have been telling a different story. Justice League appears to be yet another divisive movie from Snyder, which may affect the film’s overall box office run, but those reviews haven’t seemed to affect its global run thus far.
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Deadline reports that Justice League has earned approximately $8.5 million at the international box office on its first day of release in seven markets, of which the bulk – $3.7 million – came from Brazil, thus setting the record for the highest-grossing opening day for a Hollywood movie in the country. Comparatively, Thor: Ragnarok grossed just over $28 million in 28 international markets during its first three days of release.
At the moment, tracking for the DC superhero team-up film is coming in lower than previously expected, with box office analysts estimating that Justice League will gross around $110 million domestically during its opening weekend (down from Batman V Superman‘s $166 million debut), which is less than Thor: Ragnarok‘s $121 million opener two weeks ago. What’s more, Justice League is expected to pull in between $325 – $355 million globally over the weekend, which is lower than Batman V Superman‘s $422.5 million global box office take during its opening weekend. Interestingly, BvS‘ international debut still ranks as one of the top global openers ever, though Justice League‘s estimated opening may barely break the top 15.
Considering that the holidays are just around the corner, Justice League may rake in a hefty sum and still have a few weeks to compete without any major competition until Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters in mid-December. And while Justice League‘s critical consensus isn’t what people hoped for, the film’s commercial success may determine the DCEU’s future slate.
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