Unless the DCEU is able to beat early expectations and ticket sales, it seems that the lightning is going to come crashing down on the release of ‘Justice League‘. Even though the film is set to perform well and is currently tracking at what looks to be a $110 million opening weekend, this box office domination comes at a cost that execs are apparently worried about. With mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes keeping critics from being thrilled, it is the box office success of another film which is keeping some Warner Brothers execs up at night. Specifically, these execs are worried the latest entree in the DCEU won’t exceed expectations and will fall short of the $122.7 million that ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ was able to smash out of its box office opening weekend.
As an anonymous source recently shared:
“If a B character from Marvel shut downs and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment. It’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners] execs.”
On the one hand, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ may have been the most entertaining superhero film this season with only ‘Wonder Woman’ really being a better comic book film this year. However, the ‘Thor’ franchise has always been the least well-received of the three original members of ‘The Avengers’ who have had trilogies hit the big screen. Not only that, but as mentioned above, this is DC’s A-Listers which are set to really start expanding the DCEU. Outside of Ben Affleck, that is, who is looking to leave the part of Batman.
The even worse way to look at it for the DC front is that was up against the opening weekend of the third part of a trilogy while ‘The Avengers’ had gone on to bring in over $1.5 billion worldwide
Will you be checking out ‘Justice League’ this weekend if you haven’t already? Do you feel that they’ve done the heroes justice in the way that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was able to pull off? Can the movie still beat expectations and earn more in its opening weekend than ‘Thor: Ragnarok’? Share your thoughts below!