But hey, even though "Man of Steel" (55%), "Batman V Superman" (27%), and "Suicide Squad" (26%) all got pummeled by critics, they each had huge opening weekends, so it seemed like a movie this anticipated would at least make big bucks in its first go-round. It is the only film in the DC Extended Universe to not crack the $100 million mark in North America at its opening. It's also not in the same, ahem, league as Disney and Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million). Granted, that might also be because the Oingo Boingo frontman has composed a memorable score or several in his career, but he put this philosophy into practice for Justice League and is calling out what he thinks is a "bullsh*t" instinct among rebooters. On the plus side, the film is faring well overseas, where it's poised to take in $185.5 million. Did the success and strong reviews for Wonder Woman actually hurt future bad DC movies, since now we know they can be, uh, good? With a sequel already penciled in for 2019 or 2020 (along with standalone movies for Jason Momoa's Aquaman, Ezra Miller's Flash, Ray Fisher's Cyborg and of course a Wonder Woman sequel with Gal Gadot), the DCEU needs to quickly go back to the drawing board, and perhaps without Snyder involved. The modestly budgeted Lionsgate release had been pegged for an opening in the ballpark of $10 million. It's based on R.J. Palacio's novel about a child with a facial deformity.
Disney's superhero threequel Thor: Ragnarok is holding steady in third place with an estimated $21.8 million in its third weekend.
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The film brought in $281.5 million worldwide.
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. With the film in theatres, a brand new TV spot was released with brand new footage. The film, which has received mixed reviews, will expand into about 1,500 theaters Wednesday. As I've stated before, it is inherently ridiculous to point out that $96 million, an amount of money that you or I will never see in a lifetime, is disappointing if not disastrous, but that's where we are right now in box office.