'Justice League' Scores $185 Million International Opening, Led by China

Justice League Leads The Box Office This Weekend, But Not Quite At The Level They'd Hoped

Justice League had a troubled road to the big screen and now it's underperforming at the box office during its opening weekend.

While this year's biggest and DC's best so far, Wonder Woman had an opening of $103.3 million (beyond expectations), last year's Suicide Squad and BvS: Dawn of Justice had an even more stronger debut of $133.7 million and $166 million, respectively. The superhero team-up movie went through numerous hurdles during post-production and the resulting film may not have been what fans wanted.

Justice League kicked off principal photography alongside the initial wave of critical backlash against Batman v Superman, and it was apparent from the first footage released just a few months later that they were aiming for a different tone from its predecessors.

The costly superhero tentpole is ahead of the worldwide opening weekends for Warner's "Wonder Woman" and Disney-Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok".

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Thor: Ragnarok came in at a close third place, taking in $21.8 million over the weekend in its now third week in theaters. It is the only film in the DC Extended Universe to not crack the $100 million mark in North America at its opening. It maintains the levity and optimism of Wonder Woman while maintaining the high stakes of Batman v Superman. However, one bright spot has been the overseas markets, where Justice League opened to $185.5 million from 65 markets. The film also grossed $6.5 million in Russian Federation (70 percent above Wonder Woman), $6 million in France (23 percent ahead of Wonder Woman), $3.4 million in Italy, $3 million in Spain, and $2.9 million in Germany, with $9.6 million in Mexico (29 percent ahead of Ragnarok) and $6.3 million in Australia (21 percent ahead of Wonder Woman, but behind Ragnarok).

A poster for "Justice League", released by Warner Bros. Justice League also continued its record-breaking streak in Brazil by grossing $14.2 million over the weekend. The domestic family comedy amassed 70,993 admissions for a total of 1.45 million at the box office.

The biggest advantage Justice League has, however, is almost a month of runway.

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