League Of Super-Pets' Box Office Explained: Is It Disappointing For DC?

DC League of Super-Pets was finally released in theaters after some delay. Did the WB animation meet box office expectations? Here’s how it fared.

In an interesting move, Warner Bros. shifted from its live-action fare with the animated League of Super-Pets — but is its box office run already disappointing for DC? DC League of Super-Pets was originally scheduled for release in May 2021, but its theatrical run was delayed because of the pandemic and to accommodate the shifting dates of other DC films like Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming superhero film Black Adam.

DC is no stranger to animated films, though most of them are released to streaming platforms or DVD in lieu of a theatrical release. But rather than telling the story of the superheroes themselves, DC League of Super-Pets focuses on their pet sidekicks — namely, Krypto, Superman’s super dog, and a plethora of other pets like the guinea pig Lulu and a boxer dog named Ace. DC’s release slate was heavily shaken up by the pandemic, but League of Super-Pets is the first film to be released in 2022, kicking off a new slate of films that will include everything from Shazam! Fury of the Gods to Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (which will see the return of Ben Affleck as Batman) and blue beetle.


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DC League of Super-Pets made its theatrical debut on July 29, opening in over 4,000 theaters nationwide and grossing $23 million domestically over the course of its three-day opening weekend. It took the number one spot at the box office, replacing Jordan Peele’s nope in the top position. While it seems like the animated film made a decent amount at the box office, it didn’t gross as high as expected, landing in the middle in terms of animated box office openings. League of Super-Pets’ opening gross — including its $18.4 international amount — could be considered disappointing because the animation cost Warner Bros. $90 million to make. The film’s opening amount is especially underwhelming when considering WB’s Space Jam: A New Legacywhich grossed $31 million in its opening weekend while it simultaneously streamed on HBO Max.

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How Much Will DC League of Super-Pets Make & Will It Be A Success?

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When compared to animated films like Minions: The Rise of Gruwhich made $107 million in its opening weekend, and Disney Pixar’s Lightyearwhich turned in $51 million when it first released, DC League of Super-Pets comes in on the lower end of the box office spectrum. However, it is in line with the opening weekend grosses of other animations, including The Bad Guys and Disney’s Charm, which raked in $27 million in its first weekend, but went on to make $96.1 million domestically. All that said, League of Super-Pets needs to make at least another $50 million just to break even, and several more million to be considered financially successful.

The good news is that DC League of Super-Pets has plenty of time to be a bigger hit and its average opening is still a good sign it could make more. The longer it’s in theaters, the more money it will make over time. Not to mention that the animated film will eventually land on HBO Max, where it will be watched by more people. In terms of other animations, League of Super-Pets will be the only one available to watch in theaters for at least another few months, which will surely attract moviegoers with children. To be sure, the opening weekend is important for any film, but a movie’s life isn’t limited to the first three days it’s in theaters in the long run.

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  • Black Adam (2022)Release date: Oct 21, 2022
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2022)Release date: Dec 21, 2022
  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)Release date: Mar 17, 2023
  • Flash (2023)Release date: June 23, 2023
  • Blue Beetle (2023)Release date: Aug 18, 2023

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