Warner Bros. has a lot riding on the release of "Justice League" next weekend following a rocky start for several franchises and a flurry of reports that's left fans uncertain about future films.
Despite all this, analysts expect the superhero team-up movie to be a blockbuster. But better reviews, and a warmer response from audiences than some prior DC cinematic universe movies have garnered, could help vault "Justice League" over a major milestone.
"The difference between 'love' and 'like'" could mean hitting $1 billion worldwide at the box office — or not, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
While last year's "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" were both commercial successes worldwide, lukewarm reviews weighed on U.S. earnings, and neither managed to surpass $1 billion.