Numbers for Justice League's third weekend in theaters are starting to come in they aren't good. Warner Bros.' DC team-up movie continues to underperform at the box office, bringing in just $16.6 million domestically this weekend.
To put that number into context, Gitesh Pandya, founder and editor at Box Office Guru, shared on Twitter what those numbers mean in terms of percentages and how Justice League measures up to other DC Extended Universe offerings.
#JusticeLeague drops 60% in 3rd wknd to $16.6M, largest decline in Top 10 this wknd. Domestic total at $197.3M after 17 days, running 34% behind #BatmanvSuperman. JL still heading to final in $240M neighborhood.— Gitesh Pandya (@GiteshPandya) December 3, 2017
As Pandya notes, that $16.6 million box office take this weekend is a 60 percent decline for the film, the largest decline among films in the top ten at the box office. It also means that Justice League is falling behind the previous DCEU release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well. Considering that Justice League is now expected to bring in less than Man of Steel both globally and domestically by the end of its run, the movie is going to have a difficult time reaching the $700-$750 million needed to turn a small profit.
These dismal numbers are just the latest disappointment for the film. Despite winning its opening weekend, Justice League dropped to second place over the long Thanksgiving holiday after being beat out by Disney-Pixar's animated Day of the Dead film, Coco. Justice League also had the smallest opening weekend yet for a DCEU movie, lagging far behind the $100-120 million it had been expected to earn.
Despite these disappointing numbers, fans remain interested in the team up film, specifically in a Zack Snyder director's cut that may or may not exist. Many fans of the film have been vocal in expressing that they think part of Justice League's poor performance is connected in part to the "Frankenstein's monster" of a theatrical release that Joss Whedon completed following Snyder exiting the project due to a family tragedy.
Justice League is now playing in theaters. The film will be followed in the DC Extended Universe by Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.