It was a tough weekend for superheroes with Justice League failing to live up to expectations, and Thor: Ragnarok taking a big tumble in its third weekend of release — but things aren’t as dire for the Norse god as they are for the DC Extended Universe heroes.
After a strong Thursday opening of $13 million — $2 million more than Wonder Woman — Justice League looked to be heading for a $112 million weekend. Instead it fell way short with just $93.8 million, the lowest opening for any of the DCEU films to date. If the film keeps this pace or drops more precipitously than expected over the next few weeks, the $250 million-plus movie could fall short domestically of $200 million. On the bright side, the film earned $185 million in 65 foreign markets, topping the $185.1 million opening of The Avengers … although that film only opened in 39 markets. But Warner Bros. needs to spin this as positively as possible. Justice League‘s global earnings stand at $278.8 million, and it will need to earn at least $600 million to be considered a success.
In its third week, Thor: Ragnarok took a tumble of 62%, vacating the Number 1 spot and landing at Number 3 with $21.6 million. Its domestic total stands at $247.2 million with a worldwide gross of $739.2 million.
Another new release did gangbusters business in its opening week — which forced Thor down to third place. The uplifting family drama Wonder scored a better than expected $27.5 million and with excellent word of mouth could become the sleeper of the season, possibly topping $100 million.
Debuting to not-quite stellar business was the animated holiday tale The Star, which landed at Number 6 with $9.8 million. The film is expected to play well through the holidays but it’s going to have some major competition from Disney/Pixar’s Coco which opens Wednesday (and trust us, The Star will have an uphill battle against Coco).
Speaking of holiday films, Jigsaw is still clinging to the Top Ten for probably one last week, dropping 68% and five spots to Number 10 with just over $1 million. The $10 million horror flick has earned $36.4 million domestically with worldwide earnings as $81.1 million. A Bad Moms Christmas dropped 39% and fell three spots to Number 7 with $7 million, giving it a domestic total of $51 million against a $28 million budget.
Last week’s Number 10 film, Lady Bird, had another phenomenal weekend, adding 201 screens for a total of 238, and growing its earnings 110%, rising two spots to Number 8 with $2.5 million — a $10,573 per screen average. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also got a huge boost in its second weekend, adding 49 screens for a total of 53 and shooting up the chart from Number 27 to Number 9 with $1.1 million, a 242% gain and a $20,796 per screen average. By comparison, Justice League on 4,051 screens had a per screen average of $23,165.
Outside the Top Ten, the new Denzel Washington vehicle Roman J. Israel Esq. opened on four screens at Number 37 with $61,999 — a $15,500 per screen average.
With the Thanksgiving holiday in the US this Thursday, all of the new releases will be opening on Wednesday including Coco in a wide release, Roman J. Israel Esq. will go to a mid-range release expanding to 1,500 screens and Darkest Hour and The Man Who Invented Christmas will get limited first week openings. After Coco, the next big release won’t be until December 15 when Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi opens.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of November 17.
2. [N] –1– Wonder – $27,547,866 [NEW]
4.  –2– Daddy’s Home 2 – $14,435,710 [$50,212,157]
6. [N] –1– The Star – $9,812,674 [NEW]
8.  –3– Lady Bird – $2,516,399 [$4,688,874]
9.  –2– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – $1,102,166 [$1,536,391]
10.  –4– Jigsaw – $1,081,772 [$36,462,005]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo