After months of teasers and character posters, “Justice League” finally came together on the big-screen. The film easily topped the box-office charts this weekend, but the big debut wasn’t the record-breaker that Warner Bros. Pictures may have been hoping for. To make things even harder on the superhero squadron, The Disney/PIXAR hit “Coco” is releasing next week, and the film is sure to split audiences during The Justice League’s follow-up week.
To be fair to the DC installment, “Justice League” still debuted at number-one domestically with a $96M weekend across 4,051 locations. To put that opening in perspective, “Man of Steel” opened in 2013 with a $117M opening weekend, while “Batman v Superman” opened in 2016 with $166M. “Wonder Woman” had a $103M opening earlier this year, but even the poorly rated “Green Lantern” movie had a $116M opening weekend back in 2011.
One of the most successful DC operations is still Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, which started off relatively small compared to today’s superhero box-office numbers. The first film in Nolan’s trilogy was “Batman Begins” in 2005, and that film only brought in $48M over its domestic debut. Nolan followed up the film with “The Dark Knight” in 2008, which had a $158M debut, and “The Dark Knight Rises” which opened in 2012 with $160M.
“Justice League” was directed by Zack Snyder, the film features Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Jay Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nelson, and Jeremy Irons.
“Wonder” debuted at number-two this weekend, bringing in $27M across 3,096 locations. “Wonder” was written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the film stars Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, and Julia Roberts.
Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” dropped to number-three this weekend on the domestic-charts, bringing in $22M across 4,080 locations. This brings Thor’s three-week total to just over $247M domestically. “Thor: Ragnarok” was directed by Taika Waititi, working from a story written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. The new Thor film features Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Jaimie Alexander, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo and Tessa Thompson.
Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” dropped down to fourth-place after a $14.8M weekend across 3,575 locations. The comedy has now grossed over $50M in just two-weeks. “Daddy’s Home 2” was directed by Sean Anders, the film features Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, and John Lithgow.
Wrapping up the top-five this weekend was “Murder on the Orient Express” from FOX, which brought in another $13.8M while remaining in 3,354 locations. The film’s two-week total now sits at just under $52M domestically. “Murder on the Orient Express” was directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film is based on the best-selling Agatha Christie novel of the same name. Featured in the film are Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, and Johnny Depp.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is the Biblical feature “The Star,” which couldn’t even crack the top-five on its opening weekend. The religious tale only brought in $10M across 2,837 locations this week, enough for sixth-place overall. “The Star” was directed by Timothy Reckart, the animated-comedy features the voice talents of Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Oprah, and Kristin Chenoweth.