Box Office Results: ‘Wonder Woman’ Lassos a $100M Debut
Wonder Woman is an instant hit
Fans and critics are singing the praises of director Patty Jenkins this week, and the director’s “Wonder Woman” tentpole is dominating the domestic box-office. The new DC installment opened to $100M at the domestic box-office over the weekend, and the film is gearing up to battle “The Mummy” next weekend.
“Wonder Woman” brought in over $100M across 4,165 locations this weekend to take the number-one spot at the domestic box-office. To put all of this into perspective, “Man of Steel” opened to $116M back in June 2013, and “Batman V Superman” grossed $166M in March 2016. Marvel’s “Captain America” grossed $65M in 2011, and “Marvel’s Iron Man” opened to $98M in 2011. Even without the domestic-gains, “Wonder Woman” is easily one of the most well-received DC Films since “The Dark Knight” in 2008. “Wonder Woman” is currently sitting at a 93% rating on Rottentomatoes, while “The Dark Knight” rests at 94%. “Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, working from a screenplay written by Allan Heinberg. The story was written by Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright.
FOX’s “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” was a distant second this weekend, bringing in $23.M across 3,434 locations. “Captain Underpants” was directed by David Soren, working from a screenplay written by Nicholas Stoller. The animated-comedy features the voice talents of Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, and Ed Helms. The film is based on the novels by Dav Pilkey.
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” dropped from first-place to third-place on the domestic-charts this weekend with $21.6M across 4,276 locations. The film has now grossed over $114M domestically since it debut last week. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” was directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the screenplay and story was written by Jeff Nathanson. The film stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” also from Disney, took fourth-place overall with a $9.7M weekend. The popular sequel remained in 3,507 locations this weekend, and has grossed over $355M domestically in five-weeks. “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2” was directed by James Gunn, the sequel stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
Paramount’s “Baywatch” adaptation continues to struggle at the box-office, only bringing in $8.5M across 3,647 locations. The film, now in its second-week in theaters, has grossed $41.7M domestically. “Baywatch” was directed by Seth Gordon, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario.
Next weekend moviegoers will have to choose between a second-screening of “Wonder Woman,” or between the new releases. Next week the horror-thriller “It Comes At Night” will open against the action-thriller “The Mummy,” and the bio-drama “Megan Leavey”. If you are looking for a comedy, check your local-listings if “Beatriz At Dinner” is opening in a theater near you, the film stars Salma Hayek, Chloë Sevigny, and John Lithgow.