"We the undersigned make this petition, because during the last few months, the film Justice League underwent a few changes in terms of composer and runtime", reads the petition. It's not a spoiler at this stage to say that Superman returns to the land of the living in Justice League, though the subsequent discussion around his return has focused as much on Cavill's awkwardly CGI-erased mustache in the film as the movie's actual portrayal of a reborn Superman.
In second place, the new Julia Roberts drama Wonder is exceeding expectations with an estimated $27.1 million, to go along with an A-plus CinemaScore and solid reviews. It's still the eighth biggest opening of the weekend of 2017, and I feel fairly confident that Justice League will eventually match the $330 domestic box-office gross of Batman v. Superman.
"With the rightfully heightened expectations for a movie of this magnitude comes a greater scrutiny of both the quality of the movie as determined by critics and of course the profitability of the film, but the ultimate arbiter are moviegoers who seem to have found the concept and the event nature of the film enough to get them out to the movie theater even if the overall North American opening weekend number may be less than many expected", Dergarabedian said.
The film brought in $281.5 million worldwide. Ten other Asian markets added another $41.2 mill. and Latin America brought in $35.4 mill. showing that overseas markets are still more dependable for a movie making back its money.
Jay Cutler out with concussion
Fantasy fallout: Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills had a monster day with a career-high 180 receiving yards and a touchdown. On Sunday, starting tailback Damien Williams produced a 69-yard run, which tied for Miami's longest run of the season.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder with post-production duties handled by Joss Whedon. For those who believe the movie didn't hit the $100 million mark because of bad luck, this is the example they can use. By contrast, the only Marvel Studios movie thus far to receive a CinemaScore below an A- is Thor with a B+-but again, that's more an indication of how well those films matched their marketing than how "good" the movies are.
Rounding out the top five - and continuing their battle from last week - are Paramount's paternal comedy Daddy's Home 2, with about $14.8 million, and Fox's whodunit Murder on the Orient Express, with about $13.8 million.
Sony/Affirm's faith-based animated family movie The Star, which garnered an A CinemaScore, opened to $10-M tells the Nativity story through the eyes of animals.
A Bad Moms Christmas took seventh place with $6.9 million and $50.9 mill. domestic gross, paling in comparison to the $100 mill. plus grossed by its predecessor.
The highest profile limited release of the weekend was Dan Gilroy's Roman J. Israel Esq.