Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Justice League opened to $13 million at Thursday previews, which tops the Wonder Woman previews of $11 million but is slightly behind Thor: Ragnarok‘s $14.5 million earlier this month. Compared to the other DC films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted with $27.7 million at Thursday previews, Man of Steel with $21 million, and Suicide Squad with $20.5 million.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice grossed $166 million its first weekend, Suicide Squad earned $133.7 million, Man of Steel took in $116 million, and Wonder Woman lassoed $103.3 million its first weekend.
Justice League Thursday previews at about 3,700 North American theaters started at 6pm. Today, the movie expands into 4,051 theaters.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel), the screenplay is by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Whedon directed the additional photography for the sequel and is overseeing the completion of its post production following Snyder’s family tragedy. Justice League is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.