Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings the last comic book film of the year to theaters and two other movies it will crush.
Justice League has had a long, tortured journey to the screen and the critical consensus is that journey should’ve taken a little longer. The DCEU epic is sitting at 40% on RT at time of writing (WB owns a stake in RT and wouldn’t let them reveal reviews until today). For a film that had a director transition and massive reshoots and cuts, it’s kind of a miracle they made the release date, but given that there isn’t another DCEU film until Aquaman next December, you have to wonder if they’d been better off pushing the film back to 2018 and smoothing it out. It won’t affect the opening box office, but I doubt the film will have the legs Wonder Woman did.
Your other options this weekend are both doing well with the critics. Monster seems engineered to make people weep, while The Star heralds the beginning of Christmas films.
Justice League (Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, PG-13, 2hr 1m)
The Star (Kelly Clarkson, Zachary Levi, PG, 1hr 26m)
Wonder (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, PG, 1hr 53m)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT correctly picked Thor: Ragnarok to stay atop the box office in its second week. The 17th MCU film pulled in another $56.6 million atop the charts while Will Ferrell’s Daddy’s Home 2 opened in second with $30.1 million. Ragnarok has already surpassed the global totals for the previous two Thor films, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of legs it has going through the holidays. It’s already the #9 film of the year domestically, and should be #6 or 7 after this weekend.
(2017 Prediction Record: 41-5; Lifetime prediction record 79-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
DCEU movies are review-proof so far, so it honestly doesn’t matter what the final RT rating is, the movie is going to make bank. With a production budget of $300 million, will it make the kind of profit that WB initially hoped, probably not, but it will still easily win this week. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares in its second week against Disney Pixar’s Coco.