You may not be able to save the world alone, but it seems you can’t save the box office together. In its third week at the box office, Justice League had the largest decline among the top ten films this weekend.
Justice League brought in $16.6 million in the domestic box office this weekend. According to Gitesh Pandya of Box Office Guru, those numbers represent a 60% decline. In order for Justice League to profit, it must make $700-$750 million. By the looks of it, the movie may have a difficult time making that. Pandya also said in his tweet that Justice League is currently 34% behind Batman v Superman after 17 days. There are even reports that Justice League could end up making less than 2013’s Man of Steel. Many people shared concerns when Justice League had the lowest DC opening to date. It didn’t help matters when the film lost the Thanksgiving weekend battle to Pixar’s animated movie Coco.
While some critics and fans enjoyed the film, others were highly critical of the DC flick. Many people referred to the film as a “Frankenstein”, with influences of both Zach Snyder and Joss Whedon made apparent in the film. Speaking of Snyder, fans are still demanding Snyder’s cut of the film, despite the fact that it may not exist. And don’t get me started on the Henry Cavill CGI nightmare to remove his contractually obligated facial hair. I thought I was watching old reruns of Max Headroom at times. With all of the complaints and low box office numbers, does this spell the end of the DCEU?
Out of all of the DCEU movies to this point, only Wonder Woman has managed to win over fans and critics. It seems that when focused on a single character, DC shines. And maybe that is where DC needs to focus. Before the days of shared universes, DC did very well with their movies. Once the MCU took off, DC tried to play catch up instead of focusing on what they do best. DC has announced plans for movies that are not connected to the DCEU. If those do well, maybe DC will abandon their plans for a shared universe and focus on solo movies instead. I, for one, want DC to do well. Maybe if they shift their focus, DC can become the powerhouse they want to be.
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