Filming delays, re-writes, director changes -- these are just some of the issues that Justice League had to battle on its way to this week's release, and it looks like the newest DCEU offering has stumbled coming out of the blocks.
Earning just $13 million in Thursday previews, Justice League opened in 4051 theaters on Friday for a $38.8 million take and is projected to earn just north of $100 million in its opening weekend, putting it at the bottom of opening weekend numbers for the last 5 DCEU films. While $100 million is certainly not chump change, when you compare it to the other four films, Wonder Woman ($103 million), Suicide Squad ($133.7), Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million), and Man of Steel ($116.6), it doesn't look great. Especially when you have both Batman and Wonder Woman front and center in the film.
The question is what's leading to the numbers. Fans are blaming critical reactions and the film's current 40% Rotten Tomatoes score, but other films have scored lower and have opened stronger, and the past shows us that fans tend to ignore the scores anyway, so what's keeping them home this weekend?
The big question will be what sort of drop do we see in Justice League's second-weekend numbers? Will the fans be able to save the Justice League?