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Justice League is now the lowest-grossing movie of the DCEU

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Mar 20, 2018, 12:34 PM EDT (Updated)

In a not-so-surprising development, Justice League is officially the lowest-grossing film in the DC Extended Universe so far, with a total domestic gross of $229 million.

The superhero team-up couldn't compete with Man of Steel's gross of $291 million, and you know things are really bad when you play second fiddle to the likes of Suicide Squad, which was still able to take in more than $325 million in North America (and actually won an Oscar, for Best Makeup and Hairstyling). Next on the list is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with a domestic haul of $330 million, which is impressive since almost every critic hated it (*cough* "Save Martha!" *cough*). And, at the top, we, of course, have Wonder Woman with $412 million. 

All in all, the League sits between two Batman origin projects: Tim Burton's 1989 classic with Michael Keaton ($251 million) and Christopher Nolan's first entry in the Dark Knight trilogy, Batman Begins ($205 million). 

While Justice League is still playing in a few theaters around the world (per Gizmodo), the movie's international box-office sales will most likely settle around $657 million, not too far behind Man of Steel's worldwide total of $668 million. $657 million seems to be the final figure for Justice League, as it has already dropped on home video in the U.S.

Considering it took $300 million to make, it barely doubled its budget and made what is basically pocket change when you realize Black Panther grossed over $1 billion in less than a month. The dismal critics' reviews did not help WB's answer to the Avengers, and not even replacing Zack Snyder with Joss Whedon could save the movie. That "Snyder Cut" is probably not in the cards anytime soon. 

Can Aquaman or Shazam! help save this shared comic book cinematic universe? We'll find out on Dec. 21, 2018, and April 5, 2019, respectively, from directors James Wan and David F. Sandberg. If these two high-profile films fail to do the trick, the DCEU is in real danger of being felled by a force stronger than its combined supervillains: audience apathy.