Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Opens Soft, ‘Wonder’ Stole the Thunder
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The Superhero collapse is a major blow for the DC Extended Universe in North America, though it pulled in $185.5-M overseas for a global launch of $281.5-M.
A small feel-good movie named Wonder stole the thunder with $27.1-M after galvanizing elementary school kids across the country.
Justice League received a mediocre B+ CinemaScore, and is playing in 4,051 North American theaters.
Justice League was beset with challenges, it saw extensive re-shoots that resulted in the final production budget coming in at about $300-M.
Directer Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder, which placed 2nd, came in ahead of expectations after strong reviews and a coveted A+ CinemaScore.
The $20-M film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s acclaimed children’s novel tells the story of a young boy with a facial deformity who attends a mainstream school for the 1st time.
Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), Participant Media, Walden Media and Mandeville Films partnered on Wonder, which stars Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson.
Thor: Ragnarok followed at # 3 with $21.8-M in its 3rd frame for a domestic box office of $247.7-M. Overseas, it earned another $24.8-M for $738.1-M globally.
Paramount’s. a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) holiday comedy Daddy’s Home 2 placed 4 4 with $14.8-M for a 10-day domestic box office total of $50.6-M.
Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express in its 2nd weekend, rounded out the Top 5 with $13.8-M for a domestic haul of $51.7-M.
Sony/Affirm’s faith-based animated family movie The Star, which garnered an A CinemaScore, opened to $10-M tells the Nativity story through the eyes of animals. Affirm produced The Star with Sony Pictures Animation, Walden, Franklin Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company.
Among specialty titles vying for awards love, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird moved up the chart to # 8 as it expanded into a total of 238 theaters, earning $2.5-M for an impressive screen average of $10,630 and box office of $4.7-M for A24.
Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also continued to impress. Moving into the Top 10, the movie earned $1.1-M from 53 theaters for a screen average of $21,038 and a 10-day box office of $1.5-M.
Among new openers at the specialty box office
Roman J. Israel, Esq. opened to muted numbers. The Sony movie grossed $65,000 from 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a screen average of $16,250.
Have some fun, see a movie the Thanksgiving week.