Justice League is currently making box office strides in China as its box office opening weekend ushered the country into a whole new record-breaking ticket revenue. Warner Bros.’ crack at the superhero ensemble project might have debuted way less than everybody had expected. And it raked in $96 million domestically. But it proves to be a huge hit in other places, including the East Asian nation where it kick-started with $52.1 million.
It has been almost a week since Justice League debuted. After the production process, DC fans have seen their dreams of seeing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg together on the silver screen come true. But the end product was not what they were hoping for. Despite a consensus that it is a step in the right direction for DCEU, the movie was flawed.
LA Times has reported that DC $52.1 million Chinese debut sales helped China’s box office in setting a new record in ticket revenues with 2017 marking the first year it surpassed $7.55 billion. This is a huge increase from 2016’s $6.58 billion collection and results in a growth from last year’s 3.7% to 15%. Justice League‘s opening numbers is 10% below Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and 30% above Wonder Woman.
While the numbers are great for the Chinese box office, it is greater for Warner Bros. It is no secret that Justice League had a lackluster performance in North America. Despite featuring DC’s superheroes, it had the worst opening out of the DCEU installments so far. This was made worse by the budget, to the point that it can lose the studio $100 million.
In North America, Justice League looks at an uphill battle with Pixar’s Coco raking in super great reviews. The feel-good animated movie tops the superhero ensemble movie according to Fandango’s Thanksgiving weekend ticket sales. The movie is holding up well when it comes to the expected second-week sales drop after a strong show at the box office on Tuesday.