“Justice League” is looking to gross an estimated $37 million between Friday and Saturday at the Chinese box office, with $15.5 million from Friday showings and an estimated $21 million from Saturday screenings at approximately 21,000 sites.
Warner Bros.’ superhero tentpole took in 65% of the top five films in China on Friday, and is predicted to continue that market share at 64% on Saturday. The first day number is on par with Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and the second-biggest opening day for a Warners title after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“Justice League” earned a total of $43.3 million on Friday from 47,500 international screens, bringing the cumulative total to $70.7 million, with $27.3 million from Wednesday and Thursday.
The film debuted at no. 1 in Mexico, absorbing 74% of the market share with $3.1 million from 3,834 screens and topping “Wonder Woman’s” opening day by 33%. India also made a strong debut, with $1.2 million from 1,277 sites, marking the third largest Indian debut of a Warner Bros. film.
After China, the U.K. topped the international box office with $3.3 million on 1,617 screens, doubling the take of “Wonder Woman’s” opening day. Day three in Brazil garnered $1.8 million, bringing its running total to $7.5 million, and South Korea also made a strong showing, with $1.4 million on its second day and a gross of $3.7 million.
“Justice League” has disappointed in the United States, with a projected $95 million for its opening weekend, below initial estimates in the $110 million range. Though the film’s budget has not been officially released, estimates indicate it could be as high as $300 million. “Justice League” brought in $13 million in Thursday previews, which combined with Friday showings to total $38.8 million.
The movie is the fifth installment of its DC Extended Universe, aimed at duplicating the success of Disney-Marvel’s interconnected franchises. Despite a relatively strong B+ CinemaScore, the film currently sits at 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.