‘Justice League’ Takes $185M Overseas, Claims $279M Global Bow

Monday Update: Warner Bros.’ Justice League began with a confirmed $185 million overseas weekend and $279 million global weekend.

Both numbers were slightly below the estimates on Sunday, but still make the film a global smash — welcome news after its disappointing opening number domestically.

This makes it the #21 highest opening of all time overseas, and the #25 highest opening of all time globally.

However, it ranks below predecessor Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on both metrics . That film posted the 6th-highest overseas opening with $256.5 million, and the 5th-highest global opening with $422.5 million.

The top-ranking American title in all of its 65 overseas markets, Justice League was led by a $51.8 million debut in China.

Other top highlights were a $14.2 million start in Brazil, $9.6 million in Mexico, and $9.5 million in the United Kingdom.


SUNDAY UPDATE: A $185.5 million haul for Justice League from 47,000 screens across 65 markets was an important start for the WB tentpole as it begins to make up lost ground on the international front. The film ranked first across 10 markets in Asia, including a $51.7 million debut in China–the second biggest WB bow in the market, behind Batman V Superman. Elsewhere in Asia, Justice League grossed $8.8. million in South Korea, bettering the Wonder Woman debut in the market by 4%.

In Latin America, Justice League posted the biggest industry opening weekend of all time in Brazil with a $14.2 million haul. Mexico contributed $9.6 million–20% ahead of Wonder Woman and 29% ahead of Thor: Ragnarok.

The film opened in a non-holiday corridor in Europe, making comparables difficult for Justice League. UK was the top European market with a $9.8 million take, followed by Russia’s $6.5 million, France’s $6 million, Italy’s $3.4 million, Spain’s $3 million, and Germany’s $2.9 million.

IMAX screenings worldwide contributed $24 million of the opening weekend haul from 1,165 screens across 66 territories. Justice League enters the workweek with a global total of $281.5 million.

Friday: Warner Bros.’ Justice League earned $18.0 million overseas on Thursday, for a $27.3 million overseas total to date through its first two days.

The film opened overseas in 38 markets on Wednesday and Thursday, two days prior to its domestic release on Friday. It will also open in an additional 18 markets on Friday, including China, the United Kingdom, and Mexico.

China started with $1.3 million in Thursday night previews, for an estimated total of $16.4 million through Friday. The film has also earned $5.6 million through days in Brazil and $1.7 million through two days in France.

Jesse Rifkin

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