Justice League Soars and Sinks Simultaneously

Justice League

If you’re a top-flight team in college football, it’s not enough to just win. You’ve got to win by 50. If you don’t win pretty enough, you’re liable to sink in the standings.

The box office tourney is a little like that.

Justice League won and won easily this weekend. It earned an estimated $96 million—a dandy showing by almost any standard. Except by superhero standards, that is. With the studio expecting this DC meetup to clear at least $110 million, the $96 mil opening-weekend payout felt rather paltry.

Consider: Thor: Ragnarok collected $122.7 million its first weekend in theaters. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 banked $146.5 million, and Spider-Man: Homecoming scored $117 million. Why, even Wonder Woman, flying solo, earned $103.3 million during its opening frame, and that was without a bevy of other superheroes to sweeten the pot.

‘Course, consider this: According to Rotten Tomatoes, the worst reviewed movie of that above list was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 … at 82%. Justice League stands at 39%. Maybe quality counts. (Oh, and Zack Snyder, if you’re interested in some tips on how to make your future D.C. movies better, I’ve got you covered.)

Second-place Wonder earned less than a third of what Justice League did, but its makers are far happier about it. The sweet, poignant family film collected $27 million for its silver-medal finish.

Ragnarok, last week’s champ, slipped to third with $21.8 million, bringing its 2017 North American haul to $247.4 million. It’s also earned about $490.7 million overseas, giving it a truly Asgardian $738.1 million. If it’s better to be lucky than good, does this mean it’s better to be Loki than lucky? Hmmm.

Daddy’s Home 2 finished fourth with $14.8 million, while Murder on the Orient Express whistled in at fifth about $1 million behind. (It earned $13.8 million for those of you who, like me, are a bit math-impaired.)

The faith-based animated flick The Star finished just outside the top five with a $10 million opening weekend.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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