DC Scores Fourth $100M Opening with ‘Wonder Woman’
After struggling with both critics and audiences since 2013, the DC Extended Universe has turned over a new leaf with the release of Wonder Woman. The fourth installment of the DCEU surpassed box office expectations this weekend with an estimated $100.5 million.
Yes, DC’s Wonder Woman made headlines this weekend. Dethroning Fifty Shades of Grey as the biggest opener for a female director, the Princess of Themyscira is out break some glass ceilings. As long as actuals hold on Monday, DC can now claim that all four of their films have opened above $100 million. While not as high as Man of Steel ($116.6 million), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166.0 million) or Suicide Squad ($133.7 million), Wonder Woman will surely have the legs these films didn’t. Reception has been stellar by both critics and audiences. Between a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore, audiences are loving the Gal Gadot superhero film. That’s a first for the DCEU, which has released one polarizing film after another. Even as the summer releases continue to snowball in the coming weeks, expect Wonder Woman to do battle and defeat the competition. We could be talking about a potential $275-300 million run ahead.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie didn’t soar quite high enough this weekend, claiming the second place spot. The DreamWorks Animation comedy grossed $23.5 million. The studio’s been so used to major hauls as of late with The Boss Baby ($50.2 million) and Trolls ($46.6 million) that this opening might seem a bit weak. The Ed Helms comedy did fare well with critics, garnering an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences were fairly enthusiastic as well, grading the film a B+ on CinemaScore. We’ll see if word-of-mouth picks up in the coming weeks. If it holds against Cars 3 and then Despicable Me 3, more power to it.
After pulling in the franchise’s weakest debut since the 2003 original, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales fell 65.7% in its second weekend. The fifth Pirates adventure $21.6 million in its second weekend, bringing its 10-day total to just over $114 million. Disney continues to have issues with its Memorial Day weekend. Alice Through the Looking Glass, Tomorrowland and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time weren’t exactly major hits for the studio. And while Pirates will still manage about $150-155 million, that’s a far cry from the $423.3 million haul of Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Even the mixed On Stranger Tides fared better in 2011 with $241.1 million.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped two spots from last weekend. Baby Groot and company took a 53.4% hit this weekend, pulling in $9.7 million its fifth frame. That’s not nearly as bad as it sounds, considering that DC’s Wonder Woman took the box office by storm the past three days. Now over $355 million, Guardians has its sights on passing Deadpool ($363.1 million) in the next week or two. Passing 2004’s Spider-Man 2 ($373.6 million) is also a strong possibility. As long as Guardians continues to hold like Marvel’s other first sequels, $375 million is in reach. Whether or not that’s still enough to claim the summer crown is the bigger question.
Rounding out the charts this weekend is the Dwayne Johnson comedy, Baywatch. After underperforming over Memorial Day weekend, the raunchy remake dropped 54.1%, grossing another $8.5 million. That’s actually better than other comedies previously released over the holiday weekend. In 2011, The Hangover Part II fell over 63.5%, while its 2013 sequel dipped a bit softer down 60.7%. Still, if Baywatch continues on its current course, this could be his Johnson’s worst turnout since 2013’s Pain and Gain ($49.9 million). A projected finish around $55 million is nowhere near what Paramount could have hoped for.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.
#1 – Wonder Woman (NR)
$100.5 million / $100.5 million total
#2 – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (NR)
$23.5 million / $23.5 million total
#3 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (1)
$21.6 million / $114.6 million total
#4 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2)
$9.7 million / $355.5 million total
#5 – Baywatch (3)
$8.5 million / $41.7 million total
Opening Next Week: It Comes At Night, Megan Leavey, The Mummy, My Cousin Rachel
Source: Box Office Mojo