DC’s League of Super-Pets looks ready to fly high at the box office this weekend. The animated flick is eyeing a $25 million-plus debut this weekend, which should be enough to take the top spot from Jordan Peele’s Nope.
While that’s far from a bang, that’s a decent enough start to earn first place at the domestic box office. Current projections have it opening between $25 million and $30 million when it opens across 4,300 theaters in North America. With a reported $90 million price tag, League of Super-Pets will need to stick the landing among families and comic book fans. Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru has shown family films are still big business despite the pandemic, with the film surpassing the $300 million domestic mark.
One thing working in the film’s favor is that it has the DC Comics branding attached to it. Being based on comics could help carry the film, at least through its opening weekend. However, the film being its own entity and not attached to a popular film franchise could also hurt it.
The film is directed by Jared Stern and features voice performances by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Diego Luna, Natasha Lyonne and Kate McKinnon as the pets of Justice League members. DC League of Super-Pets was written by Stern and John Whittington (The Lego Batman Movie). It flies into theaters this weekend.