The new superhero film “Justice League” suffered the worst opening for a DC Comics film since the 2011 opening weekend for “Green Lantern,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It took in the lowest numbers of the five titles in the DC Extended Universe, which is the unofficial name for the superhero films distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures with DC Entertainment. (RELATED: Watch The Newest Trailer For ‘Wonder Woman’)
The big-budget film — featuring Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg — earned $94 million in the opening weekend and fell drastically short of Marvel’s “Avengers” films.
In 2011, “Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds earned $53.2 million in its opening weekend. In comparison, this summer’s smash hit “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot earned $100.5 million in its debut.
Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that “Avengers” director Joss Whedon, who was brought in after director Zack Snyder needed to deal with a family tragedy, reshot several scenes that ballooned the final production costs.
To put it further into perspective, the other titles in the DC Extended Universe, “Man of Steel” in 2013 earned $116.6 million in its debut, “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016 earned $166 million, followed by the 2016 “Suicide Squad,” which earned $133.7 million in its opening weekend.
Overseas, “Justice League” did much better, earning $185.5 million in 65 markets in its debut weekend.