Wonder Woman is Wonderful With a Record Setting Opening
Wonder Woman set a record opening with $103.3 million domestically and $228.2 million worldwide beating predictions (though meeting ours of $100 million). The film is the largest opening for a female-directed feature as well as the largest opening for a female-led comic book adaptation. It’s the 16th largest opening for a comic adaptation all-time and the sixth if you don’t count sequels.
The film earned $38 million in China what was better than Man of Steel, Thor, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The film still has to open in France (this week), Germany (June 15), Spain (June 23), and Japan (in August).
Wonder Woman was driven partially by positive reviews and word of mouth. The film earned an “A” CinemaScore and that positive word of mouth no doubt helped push it across the $100 million mark. The film’s audience was 52% female and 14% of the audience was under the age of 18 and 47% over the age of 35. With a budget of $149 million (lower than previous DC films), this will easily make a profit and then some.
Coming in second place was Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie which earned an estimated $23.5 million. That amount is mixed as it beat the studio prediction but was lower than what others projected. It is low for a DreamWorks Animation film. That film earned a “B+” CinemaScore, was 54% male and 65% under the age of 25. Of those under the age of 25 60% were boys and 91% of the audience ranged from ages 7-12. This film’s long term success will rely on there being no competition for kids in the coming weeks.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales dropped to third earning $21.6 million to bring its total to $114.6 million. Worldwide the film has earned $501.2 million so the film isn’t a disaster even with a $230 million budget.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came in fourth place with $9.7 million. The film’s domestic total is at $355.5 million and worldwide the film has earned $816.6 million.
Rounding out the top five was Baywatch which earned $8.5 million. The film has earned $41.7 million domestically and $67.2 million worldwide. With a budget of $69 million, the film made need some CPR.
In comic film news….
The LEGO Batman Movie added about $230,000 to its total over the week.
Smurfs: The Lost Village added about $180,00 to its total over the week.
Logan added about $4.8 million to its total over the past week, primarily at the foreign box office.
Next week sees the launch of Universal’s Dark Universe with Tom Cruise’s The Mummy. I’d predict Wonder Woman will remain at the top of the box office driven by word of mouth. We’ll be back in an hour taking a deeper dive into 2017’s comic adaptations.