In spite of mixed reviews from mainstream film critics making their way online, Justice League is projected to take in a sizable chunk of change at the global box office this weekend.
ScreenRant reports that it may be the second-biggest opening for the DC Extended Universe behind Batman v Superman, which took home more than $400 million at the global box office during its opening weekend.
Deadline writes the movie could take in anywhere between $325-$355 million internationally, with around $110-$120 million of that in the U.S. As a result, it would top the global weekend receipts for Deadpool ($264.7 million) and Suicide Squad ($267 million), while falling just short of Iron Man territory ($372.5 million).
The high expectations aren't altogether shocking when you consider this is the first live-action depiction of Aquaman and Cyborg, who will be fighting alongside the likes of powerhouse heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. To say that fanboys and girls of the Justice League are excited would be an understatement. And let's be honest, the movie will be financially bolstered by geeked-out fans going to see it, not critics breaking down the nitty-gritty.
Justice League bows in over 4,000 U.S. theaters this weekend, as well as in several key countries such as China. Thor: Ragnarok may give it a run for its money (literally), but the current, more low-key competitors like Murder on the Orient Express and Daddy's Home 2 don't stand much of a chance against a big studio tentpole like this.