The bad news continues for Warner Bros., as the theatrical run of Justice League comes to an end - making it the lowest-grossing DCEU movie to date.
Meant to be a blockbuster affair, Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon's Justice League combined the efforts of the DCEU since 2013's Man of Steel to unite the various standalone movies under one umbrella. Effectively, the DC version of The Avengers, there is a definite sense of irony that Whedon had a hand in both movies. However, while The Avengers is part of the elusive billion-dollar club, Justice League is a long way off ever reaching that target. The Avengers is still the fifth biggest movie of all time, whereas Justice League now sits below all other DC cinematic universe films commercially.
According to Box Office Mojo, Justice League is the lowest grossing DCEU movie after just wrapping its box office run in the U.S. Admittedly, there are only five movies in the franchise so far, but considering that the fledgling Man of Steel netted $291 million, Justice League's $229 million total is a disappointment. On the other end of the spectrum, 2017's Wonder Woman is still leading the way with $412.5 million and even the derided Batman v Superman sits in second place with $330 million. Looking at the worldwide box office, Justice League is still dead last behind its peers. Still playing in some territories, Justice League could technically make up the $10 million deficit to catch up to Man of Steel's worldwide takings, but audiences shouldn't hold their breath.
Marvel Studio built up to the first Avengers movie by taking a slow-and-steady franchise construction approach, whereas the DCEU flung fans straight into the action when only its second movie featured the supersized team-up of Batman and Superman. However, this wasn't Justice League's only problem. Whether it was an uninspired storyline, dodgy CGI, or two directors who clearly had different visions for the movie, something just didn't work. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and his team are now left to pick up the pieces, but it is safe to say that the DCEU's fifth movie has already led to big changes in the larger franchise.
With problems before filming wrapped, reshoots grabbing headlines, and early reviews/aggregator scores seeming unable to decide whether it was a fun-filled superhero romp or just another serious Snyder feature, Justice League was arguably doomed from the start. Plans for a sequel have been seemingly dropped at this stage, but if the studio plans on ever uniting DC's greatest superheroes again, these box office figures show that some serious changes need to be made to be made. However, if anyone can do it, surely it is this intrepid band of crime-fighters?
Source: Box Office Mojo
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