“Justice League” Starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot Scores Weak Box Office Win

Truth rating: 10
Justice League Box Office

By Shari Weiss |

Justice League Box Office

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It was mixed news for Justice League at the box office. While the long-awaited movie won first place with a gross many producers would kill for, the number is actually disappointing as far as superhero flicks go. Get the details and check out the full Top 10 below.

Justice League unites everyone’s favorite DC Comics superheroes. There’s Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and a whole bunch of new faces added to the franchise, like Ezra Miller as The Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. In some ways, the movie was intended to be DC’s answer to The Avengers, which has successfully brought together the many Marvel superheroes. But after middling feedback for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and much praise for Wonder Woman, the poorly-reviewed Justice League isn’t having the box office start that was originally hoped for.

The movie was projected to debut with up to $120 million, according to higher-end predictions. Instead, it came in at $96 million. While that number is nothing to sneeze at, particularly after a rather bumpy fall at the box office, it was far lower than its predecessors, despite hopes this would be a game-changing project for DC. Of course, Justice League was still this weekend’s number one movie by a long shot.

In second place was the film adaptation of the novel Wonder, which far outpaced projections for a $27 million debut. The other superhero movie in theaters, Thor: Ragnarok, topped the rankings over the last two weeks, but was pushed down to the third position this week with $21.8 million. Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder On The Orient Express followed with ticket sales of $14.8 million and $13.8 million for fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 10 were the new animated Nativity-themed movie The Star, which opened in the number six spot with receipts totaling $10 million. And, with a haul of $6.9 million, A Bad Moms Christmas, nabbed seventh. Lady Bird secured eighth with $2.5 million, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri came in ninth with $1.1 million. Just making it into the Top 10 was Jigsaw. It earned $1 million.

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