Warner Bros. Pictures surpasses $5-billion at worldwide box office

Warner Bros. Pictures has crossed the $5 billion mark at the global box office this year—only the second time in its illustrious history that the Studio has crossed that tremendous milestone. It is also the eighth time in the last nine years that Warner Bros. has earned more than $4 billion in a single year, marking an industry record. The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Additionally, setting a new Studio record in 2017, Warner Bros. had five of its feature film releases each take in more than $500 million worldwide (in order): Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ action adventure “Kong: Skull Island” (with Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures), starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly; Patty Jenkins’ action adventure “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine; Christopher Nolan’s sweeping epic “Dunkirk,” with an ensemble cast including Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy; New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT”; and, most recently, Zack Snyder’s “Justice League,” teaming Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Raymond Fisher, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, which stands at more than $574 million and still climbing. The year’s highlights also include three more releases crossing $250 million worldwide: the animated feature “The LEGO® Batman Movie” (with LEGO System A/S); New Line’s horror thriller “Annabelle: Creation”; and Alcon Entertainment’s dramatic thriller “Blade Runner 2049” (with Sony Pictures).

In making the announcement, Kroll stated, “We are thrilled to reach this extraordinary benchmark as we come to the end of an amazing, record-setting year. Surpassing five billion dollars in a single year can only happen with an incredible level of hard work across all theatrical divisions, as well as the invaluable contributions of the many talented filmmakers and actors with whom we are so fortunate to collaborate. Congratulations to everyone who shares in this success.”

‘Justice League’ is biggest release in PH with P287.5-M in 4 days

Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure Justice League proved its might at the Philippine box office, earning a final opening weekend total of more than P287.54-M across 772 screens to become the #1 release in the country, and setting new records.

The big-screen team-up generations of fans have been waiting for, Justice League unites Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman with a new generation of big-screen Super Heroes: Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Ezra Miller’s The Flash.

The epic action-adventure smash several records with this blockbuster opening, namely:

  • Biggest November Opening Weekend All-Time Industry Wide
  • Biggest Warner Bros. Opening Weekend All-Time
  • 2nd Biggest Opening Weekend for 2017, Industry-Wide
  • 2nd Biggest Saturday gross in history

In making the announcement, Warner Bros. Philippines General Manager Francis Soliven stated, “The first-ever Justice League movie was nothing short of an event, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see longtime fans and newcomers to the DC universe alike flocking to cinemas to come along for the ride. These phenomenal results are a testament to the enduring power of these icons and the crowd-pleasing team adventure the filmmakers and their talented cast have delivered, which promises to thrill, entertain and engage audiences well into the season.”

The biggest gross receipts were contributed by SM Mall of Asia (P11.​7​-M), SM Megamall (P11.5-M) and SM North EDSA (P11.06-M).

Trinoma posted sales of P8.67-M, followed by Greenbelt 3 (P5.4-M), Glorietta 4 (P4.6-M), SM Cebu (P4.​5​-M), Greenhills Theatremall (P4.4-M), Gateway Cineplex (P4.3-M) and Power Plant (P4.1-M).

Completing the Top 20 theaters are Uptown Taguig (P3.8​1​-M), Ayala Cebu (P3.80-M), SM Seaside Cebu (P3.​8​-M), Shang Cineplex (P3.6-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.​6​-M), SM Southmall (P3.5​4​-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P3.​49​-M), Fisher Mall (P3.​4​-M), SM Clark (P3.3-M) and Bonifacio High Street (P3.​2​-M).

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

Despite faring as one of the weaker superhero films of the year, Zack Snyder’s Justice League proves to be one of the better films of the DC franchise after the ill-stricken Suicide Squad (Ayer, 2016) and underwhelming Batman v Superman (Snyder, 2016).

Shortly after the death of Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill), Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) establishes a group of superheroes in a post-doomsday era to help save the world — Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Barry Allen/Flash (Ezra Miller), Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) then join the force after a series of negotiations deemed not only favorable to their individual purposes, but also for the entire human race.

In a cast-driven film powered by strong and witty performances by the actors, Justice League proves to be a union of a very talented cast that embodies the definition of their own heroes. The film is on fire whenever the entire group is together on screen. The energy is unstoppable, and their chemistry is electric. However, it doesn’t shy away from the fact that the film suffers from a lineup of thinly developed characters. It is one thing to have a talented actor, and it is another to have a half-baked character.

During the last years, we have been introduced to Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in their own standalone films, helping us become engaged to their own worlds right before they are united as Justice League. Therefore, how we grasp them in a big group is already established in a familiar rapport as we have known them for years. However, that is not the case for Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Other than their brief cameos with other DC films here and there, we have never really been given the chance to actually know and connect with them pre-Justice League, and we still aren’t able to know and connect with them now the film is released. How unfamiliar their worlds are and how big of a responsibility they have been given to join the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman is so daunting, the scale oftentimes falls off balance. This is a very similar case to Suicide Squad where a group of mostly B-listed, relatively unknown characters are congested in a 2-hour film, introduced in a hyper-realist resume-type montage that says nothing other than the obvious.

Other than their one dimensional profiles that catalogued their powers, strengths and occasional witty one-liners due to the film’s haphazard screenplay, there is nothing more to get from Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg other than the what we already know. However, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller lifted those casualties in fun, biting and memorable performances proving that they are worthy of these superhero titles in a DC universe.

The biggest problem that the film has is its production design. Having over $300 million in budget, what transpired on screen is an over-reliance on second-rate CGI that didn’t look expensive at all. It’s so raw and campy, you could almost see the green backdrop and imagine them in harnesses in their own studios. The flood of cheap-looking visual effects is so distracting, it drags the film’s overall appeal down.

Personally, I don’t mind if the film is dark. DC’s darkness route has never been an issue with me since Batman v Superman (as that particular somber tone has worked well with the two Dark Knight films). What matters most is the consistency of the tone, and how rock solid its narrative is. BvS failed to do that; Wonder Woman nailed that; Suicide Squad, I can’t even talk about; and Justice League somehow managed to assert which direction it intends to go, but ultimately is not enough. Truth be told, Zack Snyder needs to go. The DC films need a new director.

Overall, Justice League isn’t all that bad. But it isn’t all that great, either. It could have been a lot more than what it is.


3 out of 5 stars


Ezra Miller flashes lightning-speed powers in ‘Justice League’

Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) first appeared as Barry Allen aka The Flash in a cameo in Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and was again seen in the role in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Now, Miller takes center stage along with the other DC Super Heroes in Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action-adventure Justice League.

In the film, when Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) recruits Barry Allen, it’s experience meets enthusiasm, but what else has the younger man got? Unlike Wonder Woman’s or Batman’s years of fighting all manner of enemies, Barry admits he’s never actually done battle, stating nervously, “I’ve just pushed some people and run away.”

Of course, he can run—to call him fast is, according to Barry, an oversimplification. To say the least.

An excessively energetic student attending Central City College, Barry studies criminal justice with the hope of one day freeing his incarcerated father. More than eager to team up with the crime-fighting icon Batman, Barry’s quick mind is surpassed only by his ability to move at hyper-speed.

Ezra Miller, who plays the dual role, is himself a longtime fan of the comics, the character, and the physics behind him. “The Flash is a scientist in the sense that a scientist studies the natural order of things, makes observations and performs experiments,” Miller explains. “But Barry’s inherently interested in quantum mechanics because he’s literally running into them.

“When we first meet Barry in the film,” Miller continues, “he’s just awakening to his powers. He hasn’t really tested them out, he’s not yet breached the event horizon, as it were. But he’s starting to feel there’s an opportunity waiting for him.”

That opportunity comes in the form of none other than Bruce Wayne. Initially resistant, when Barry realizes it is actually the Batman who is asking for assistance, he is unable to contain his excitement, a feeling Miller expects the audience will share. “The Flash is a gateway character,” says Miller. “He’s like any of us would be, a spectator excited about being brought into the game. He’s giddy and delighted, bemused and confused…and admittedly really scared.”

As portrayed by Miller, Barry’s youth and naiveté only add to his charm. But the molecules whirring about within Barry give him a nervous energy and a rapid-fire conversational style that could wear on his more world-weary counterparts were it not for his genuine enthusiasm and complete willingness to join the League. A League which numbers, according to Bruce… “Not enough.”

Despite his natural levity, Miller felt the weight of joining the League when he stepped onto the set among the other Super Heroes. “It was that feeling when you look at someone you know, at real people, but you suddenly see an Alex Ross painting in front of you. And you’re in it, too!” he exclaims.

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the first-ever Justice League big screen epic action adventure, directed by Zack Snyder and starring as the famed lineup of DC Super Heroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists 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.

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Justice League’ holds nationwide midnight screenings Nov. 16 at 12:01 AM

Filipino fans will get the chance to watch DC Super Heroes unite earlier than expected as Warner Bros. Philippines has announced that Justice League will have midnight sneaks in selected cinemas nationwide on ​Thursday, November 16 at 12:01 AM.

Local audiences are encouraged to grab this opportunity to be among the first in the world to witness the eagerly anticipated movie event. Tickets to the midnight screening will be at regular admission prices.

The list of participating cinemas may be seen at the infographic below. Moviegoers may check with their favorite cinemas for more details.

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the first-ever Justice League big screen epic action adventure, directed by Zack Snyder and starring as the famed lineup of DC Super Heroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists 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.

The film also brings back Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta and Joe Morton as Silas Stone, and expands the universe by introducing J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, and Amber Heard as Mera.

The Justice League screenplay is by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film’s producers are Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, with executive producers Jim Rowe, Ben Affleck, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, Daniel S. Kaminsky and Chris Terrio.

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Justice League’ warns you can’t save the world alone

In Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action-adventure Justice League, Earth is in the sightlines of the most malevolent alien force ever, an ancient enemy preying on the vulnerability resulting from the Son of Krypton’s death. If mankind is going to stand a chance of survival, Batman and Wonder Woman must convince her fellow metahumans—Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash—to unite, and to fight, in defense of humanity.

Picking up shortly after we last saw Bruce and Diana go their separate ways, the story reconnects these two characters who may not always see the same road toward their shared goal. But it’s their shared motivation—to do right by the sacrifice Superman made—that allows them to find common ground very quickly in order to face Steppenwolf, an eight-foot-tall warrior from the nightmare world of Apokolips. He seeks the power to conquer the world and transform it into his own. He is no ordinary villain, and it will take an extraordinary force to defeat him.

Director Zack Snyder states, “Just the idea of getting the Justice League together on the same playing field, taking their place in the cinematic landscape as a team and embarking on an amazing adventure…the mere concept of it was awe-inspiring.”

Charles Roven, who has produced more than half a dozen films in the genre, says, “One of the reasons I produce these movies is because it’s so rewarding—honoring the canon, finding new ways to reinvigorate it, reinventing it for a different medium and creating additional lore as you go. Hopefully the result is something for everyone, fans old and new. And now, with all these characters coming together for the first time, we’re able to introduce a few new characters for movie audiences to get to know…and to follow in the future.”

In the film, the loss of Superman—of hope—is the catalyst for everything that happens, on both sides. But there is little time to mourn, and even less time to take action. Earth is vulnerable, primed for attack because of that void. And because the hero who stood for hope and justice is gone, the League must unite in his stead, to fight for the world he saved.

Producer Deborah Snyder adds, “These characters all have such unique personalities, and such different powers and abilities, and the chance to pool them together to see how powerful they can be as a unit was such a thrill. Not to mention the urgency of their mission. There’s no time to practice. It’s game on from the moment they come together, because this is an extremely formidable enemy.”

To form the League, the story takes us to the ends of the Earth and beyond: from a gritty Gotham to Central City, the populous Paris to the frozen wilds of Iceland, from Themyscira to Atlantis, and from buzzing Metropolis to the serenity of Smallville. If Bruce and Diana can succeed in recruiting the others for this larger-than-life battle in which all their worlds are at stake, they will come together as the greatest team of Super Heroes in the DC universe.

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

WATCH: ‘Justice League’ cast greets fans in the Philippines

Just less than two weeks out before Justice League goes “all-in” on the action and adventure, the stellar cast has released a short video greeting Filipino fans. On the same video, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher also give a lowdown of their characters’ motivations, and proudly proclaims, “We are the Justice League!”

Check out the clip below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas November 16, 2017.

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the first-ever big screen epic action adventure Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder and starring as the famed lineup of DC Super Heroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ezra Miller as The Flash.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists 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.

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

WATCH: New ‘Justice League’ featurette explains Batman’s evolution

Fearless protector. Guardian of Gotham City. Find out more about Batman in the new Justice League featurette titled “Bruce Wayne aka Batman” which has just been released by Warner Bros.

Check out the featurette below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas November 16, 2017.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists 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.

Justice League features Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa).

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

WATCH: New ‘Justice League’ featurette highlights Wonder Woman

Warrior of the Amazons. Protector of the world. Find out more about Wonder Woman in the new Justice League featurette titled “Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman” which has just been released by Warner Bros.

Check out the featurette below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas November 16, 2017.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists 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.

Justice League features Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa).

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Meet Victor Stone aka Cyborg in new ‘Justice League’ featurette

Half human. Half machine. All Super Hero. Find out more about Cyborg in the new Justice League featurette titled “Victor Stone aka Cyborg” which has just been shared by Warner Bros.

Check out the featurette below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas November 16, 2017.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists 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.

Justice League features Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa).

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.