Perhaps one of the most anticipated films of the year, Justice League, is finally almost here. The road the latest entry in the DC Extended Universe, or DCEU, has traveled has been a rocky one touched by everything from tragedy and controversy to reshoots and rewrites. That said, fanticipation is high.
While tracking is by no means an exact science, it certainly is a useful gauge when it comes to trying to predict how well a film will open.
Back in September, industry insiders were anticipating a domestic box office debut for Justice League in the region of $150 million, however, as more time has passed, those same people are now expecting it to fall more in the $110 million to $120 million zone. While that is still a healthy enough opening, there’s no doubt the studio would be far more comfortable with the previous, higher figure.
To give some contact here, earlier this year Wonder Woman was tracking to open with a take of around $65 million but that increased to $95 million - it actually opened domestically with $103.25 million in ticket sales. Justice League, the fifth film in the DCEU, has currently looking to debut with a bigger take than Wonder Woman but less than critically-mauled Suicide Squad.
To give the clearest picture I’ve taken a look at the opening weekends for all of the DCEU movies to date.