'Justice League' Finishes Theatrical Run as Lowest-Grossing DCEU Movie

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‘Justice League’ Finishes Theatrical Run as Lowest-Grossing DCEU Movie

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It’s official: Justice League is the lowest-grossing movie out of the five films in the DC Extended Universe.

The movie wrapped up its foreign run last month and its domestic run on Thursday with a grand total of $657,924,295, according to Box Office Mojo. Man of Steel was the lowest-grossing film after pulling in $668.0 million worldwide in 2013.

Justice League is the 114th highest-grossing movie of all time and the 14th highest-grosser of 2017. Domestically, the superhero ensemble ended up with $229,024,295, the 10th biggest gross of the year. Sounds good, right?

A film finance consultant guessed how much the film’s distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures, would lose on Justice League back on Nov. 20 in Forbes, just after the movie began rolling out in select territories on Nov. 15. He predicted a $235 million domestic finish for Justice League, a $635 million worldwide cume and that Warner Bros. takes in about 52% of the domestic gross, 25% of China’s gross and 42% of other grosses. He ends up at a $50 million loss after factoring in expenses like an estimated $300 million budget and at least $150 million for marketing as well as revenue from sources like box office and “home entertainment”.

The film scored poorly on review aggregate websites including a “rotten” 40% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a 45 out of 100 from Metacritic. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad fared worse on both of those websites while Man of Steel and Wonder Woman performed better. BvS is the highest-grossing DCEU film worldwide with $873.6 million and Wonder Woman is the highest grosser domestically at $412.5 million.

Up next for the DCEU is Aquaman on Dec. 21, Shazam! on April 5, 2019 and Wonder Woman 2 on Nov. 1, 2019.

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