Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Flying to $100 Million Opening Weekend

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Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” is soaring to a $100 million opening weekend at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.

Should the first projections hold for the Warner Bros. tentpole, “Wonder Woman” and director Patty Jenkins will set a record for the top domestic debut weekend for a film directed by a woman. Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” previously held that distinction with an opening weekend gross of $85 million on Feb. 13-15, 2015 and $93 million over the four-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend.

First Friday estimates showed “Wonder Woman” finishing in the $96 million to $103 million range at 4,165 sites, while Fox’s launch of animated children’s comedy “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” was heading for a launch between $24 million and $32 million at 3,434 locations.

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That’s in line with recent forecasts for “Wonder Woman’s” domestic launch, which have been in the $100 million range — far above the studio’s more conservative estimate in the $80 million range.

“Wonder Woman” could take in as much as $40 million on Friday, which would include the $11 million from Thursday night previews — the third-highest preview number of the year.

Disney’s second weekend of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” was heading for a steep 66% decline from its opening to finish behind “Captain Underpants” with about $22 million at 4,276 venues, which will leave it with a 10-day gross of $111 million by the end of Sunday.

Disney-Marvel’s fifth weekend of stalwart sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will finish fourth with about $10 million at 3,507 locations, lifting the domestic total to $353 million by the end of the weekend.

And Paramount’s second weekend of “Baywatch” was sinking fast and projected to finish fifth in the $6 million to $8 million range. The bawdy action comedy should wind up the weekend a shade under $40 million.

“Wonder Woman” is the fourth installment in the studio’s DC Extended Universe, which launched with 2013’s “Man of Steel” with an opening weekend of $116.6 million, followed by last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with $166 million and “Suicide Squad” with $133.6 million. “Wonder Woman,” made for about $150 million, is critically acclaimed, with a 94% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Moviegoers praised “Wonder Woman,” with 85% giving it an “excellent” or “very good” ranking, according to a comScore/Screen Engine PostTrak audience survey. A total of 39% said they were watching the movie because of the franchise; 53% were there for the superhero genre; and an impressive 31% attended due to Gadot. The survey also showed that the audience was evenly split in terms of gender, while most superhero tentpoles skew male.

It’s a welcome performance, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.

“While the industry clings to a 1.3% year to date advantage over last year after an ornery and cantankerous Memorial weekend (that has left the summer with a 7.4% deficit vs. last year), a life raft in the form of a DC superhero named Wonder Woman arrives in the nick of time to give this all-important season a much-needed kick in the utility belt,” he said.

The film marks Jenkins’ second feature following 2003’s “Monster,” for which Charlize Theron won a best actress Academy Award. “Wonder Woman” is set against the backdrop of World War I with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor crashing on an island in the Amazons, where Gadot’s Princess Diana has been trained by her aunt Antiope, portrayed by Robin Wright. The duo then leaves the island to try to stop the war.

The weekend’s only other major opening is “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s books about two young pranksters who hypnotize their principal into thinking that he has superpowers, the DreamWorks Animation production features the voices of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Thomas Middleditch. The project carries a modest $30 million price tag and has generated plenty of critical support with an 86% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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  1. Joe says:

    So Wonder Woman is really a story of female empowerment and not a 15 year old boy’s fantasy of a woman in skimpy outfits running around violently fighting people.

  2. Brian says:

    It’s one movie, so hurrah for Hollywood.
    The movie industry sells trash and opinions.
    It will be a slow death, and of course the public will receive the blame for not paying for recycled plots, anti American propaganda and truly poor acting.

  3. Samuel Green says:

    Just got out of the theater an hour ago. It was a great movie, it’s no wonder it’s generating so much money. Gal Gadot was great.

  4. Retrometa says:

    A broad superhero? Can you say politically correct? Well, let the girlies and the girliemen have their fun.

  5. Chris in NC says:

    It was a good solid movie until the battle scenes. Wonder Woman is one of the titans of the DC universe. She has incredible strength. Yet they kept with that \slow motion wimpy movements that plague all DC movies. Please DC, take a “fight scene” lesson from Marvel. It will make your movies so much better.

  6. It's over says:

    Seriously, how do you people watch this garbage again and again and again and again? I have worked with these fanboys and they NEVER tire of this superhero genre. I admit that deadpool was cool, but my god the rest are BORING.

  7. joe demassio says:

    Hollystupid is really coming up with new creative ideas the last few years

    • Anne says: says:

      Well, they obviously got YOU to click-through to this story on a Hollywood website. The advertisers thank you.

  8. Scott says:

    Linda Carter was way hotter! Where are the BLUE eyes to match the hot brunette?

  9. Don Juan says:

    All Gal Gadot.
    All the time!

  10. Hiram Floss says:

    well thank goodness they got rid of that “racist” red, white & blue outfit she used to wear. oh and I hope the movie REALLY beats me over the head with the female empowerment and bad white men/patriarchy/warmonger hammer over and over and over again. good times!….

  11. Bill McWade says:

    Hollywood is no longer able to create movies without special affects and large breasted women.

    • Anne says: says:

      Bill McWade can’t spell past a grade-school level.

      • Mitch says:

        Haha. Maybe he’s really smart and he was talking about how the other Amazonian’s had affected an accent similar to Gal’s. That was pretty special.

  12. Dino Cavalli says:

    So this is what the American people want to see, a sanitized, globalized version of a once American hero. But this is what we have come to expect from the elites in Hollywood with their agenda.

  13. To bad Hollywood in their anti American way took an American icon and made her an global person, no more red white and blue with stars. Why would anyone American support this anti American way????? I really just don’t understand, WHY?????????????????

    • Anne says: says:

      *too bad
      *a global person.

      Did you attend AMERICAN Elementary School?

      If you’ve read the comic books, you’d understand why she isn’t wearing your precious AMERICAN colors in this origin story.

  14. Gary says:

    I saw WW last night. A bit slow in parts and some of the special effect were rather cheesy Not much acting since the movie relies more on the action. Overall tho, I’d say a good movie but I’m not sure it was worth seeing in the theaters

  15. Sorry no interest in seeing movie. Be nice if Hollywood would come up with fresh ideas for movies. Be nice if we had quality actors as well. Hollywood cant live on just action based films, love them but not as a staple especially the Super Heros series, they have been over done .

    • Anne says: says:

      Logs in to a Hollywood website to criticize Hollywood. Hasn’t seen the movie, but also criticizes it anyway.

  16. Mike says:

    Saw WW last night. I have seen most of the “Super Hero” movies. This one deserves its place among the best that have been done. Very good movie with a great message. Great special effects, dialogue, and acting. I will see it again.

  17. Coyotetruth says:

    Sex sells.

  18. Rick Charles says:

    Took my daughters and grand-daughters to see it (some of us guys too) to see it. Nobody liked it. Mind numbing boredom. I did get a nice nap though.

    • Anne says: says:

      The rest of the country begs to differ. Looks like you were interested enough to follow-up by logging into a Hollywood industry’s message board the very next day though.

  19. yarpos says:

    Saw the film yesterday, thought it was pretty tedious interspersed with interesting moments. The confected diversity in the hero group was a bit lame , but I guess its a must have these days. The film fault nit pickers will have fun with this one I think. At one stage the male support is wondering through a factory complex as passes a stack of plastic pallets, in 1918.

  20. AJ says:

    LOL, not payin a damn dime to see some skinny string bean attempt to look like wonder woman.

  21. Emma Morrow says:

    If she is such a feminist why does she dress like a whore?

    Superman and Batman are fully clothed.

    Shame on you, lady who plays Wonder Woman, shame.

  22. Jim says:

    Some of these comments are more entertaining than any movie.

  23. IS LIFE SO BAD THAT WE NEED TO SIT IN FRONT OF A SCREEN FOR 2 HOURS TO BE ENTERTAINED?????? PEOPLE NEED TO GET A LIFE AND STOP LIVING ON FANTASY ISLAND…WITH ALL THE THINGS TAKING PLACE IN REAL LIFE RIGHT NOW, WE DON’T NEED THE MOVIES…/THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN BEING ENTERTAINED FROM REAL LIFE…WONDER WOMEN?????? ARE YOU SERIOUS??? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

  24. Had the chance to see both Pirates of the Caribbean & Wonder Woman recently with my daughter. Certainly no expert but here is my opinion. Pirates cast and story line was good but it seem Depp did not have his heart in his role and was just going through the motion. Wonder Woman’s “Gadot” was very convincing in her part. Excellect.

  25. jedijones77 says:

    It’s time for Patty Jenkins and Charlize Theron to unite again on Wonder Woman 2, with Charlize playing top WW villain Cheetah. Charlize has more action movie star credibility than ever thanks to Atomic Blonde, she can play an evil and sexy aristocrat (aristocat?) better than anyone, she would look amazing in a skintight leopard print, and she is actually from Africa. Get Charlize signed onto the sequel ASAP.

  26. Max Conrad says:

    Just saw the film. Entertaining with zeppelin sized plot holes and Godot is gorgeous. However, she’s a terrible actor.

  27. jack says:

    Oh, a link must be on Drudge.

  28. Dont believe in feminazis, not on the screen, nor in real life, I would never pay for such estrogyn BS!

  29. chadm29 says:

    I want to go see it. I like Gadot…points for her serving in the Israeli army. I’ll just assume she’s not a brain dead liberal…or at least she’s smart enough to keep her mouth shut if she is. WW was the best thing about B vs S too.

  30. Paul says:

    What a bunch of whiners. The movie had the crowd cheering throughout and was a lot of fun. Those of you who trash it without seeing or can’t seem to afford a movie have made a wrong turn at the corner of Life and Choices Avenues.

  31. Koenig says:

    And what is this racist ‘ship’ against German white males??? You anti-white anti-Christian racist “glassholes’ ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

  32. Koenig says:

    Today’s women have no job, are five time devorcees, with ten children, EBT, alimony, child support, and stupid beta-male “idiot friends”, she’s living high on the hog off the stupid American working taxpayer and the backs of her past “victims”.

  33. Koenig says:

    I don’t know of a single woman that could lift 40 pounds over her head. All “womyn” that I see are morbidly obese, stupid, and yet they have self esteems as if they were sexy worthwhile godesses. Save your time and money, visit YouTube, type in “The Women of Walmart”, or EBT, MGTOW, or any video showing today’s terrorist “female” SJW.

    • Jim says:

      You should try taking on a female MAA fighter. Let me know how that works out for you glue boy.

      • Jim says:

        No. But this…person…is saying women can’t be tough. But…that isn’t the case.

      • yarpos says:

        yes because they are so typical of the average woman, just like the men, arent they Jim?

    • Alonzo says:

      Do you have this same opinion about Superman?

      Whatever your issue is with women has nothing to do with this movie.

      For the record there are plenty of athletic women in this world.

      • Danno D says:

        Female MMA fighter LOL!
        Any high school boy could beat them up.
        Same as WNBA. Any boys high scool team could beat a WNBA team.
        You watch too many network crime shows where female actors are constantly doing beatdowns on men…That doesn’t happen in real life.

  34. Lex says:

    Wonder Women versus Isis. Make it happen, Hollywood. Are you scared? :)

  35. Just think what the opening might have been like if America weren’t so unrepentantly sexist, misogynist, and racist. It might have been $101 million.

  36. Kiernan1230 says:

    Hollywood – circling the toilet bowl withi its pathetic political correctness and social justice agendas!!

    Americans – boycott Hollywood by never attending a theatre or ordering Netflix or OnDemand again! Ever!! Hurt them where it counts most – in their wallets!!!!

    • Anne says: says:

      But also, log into Hollywood websites and their message boards by clicking links and thus generating click-based revenue for Hollywood from advertisers. This will surely topple their evil empire.

    • Jim says:

      A MRA SJW lost soul…poor little thing.

    • jedijones77 says:

      What is conservative about not letting a 75-year-old, world-famous character from comics, cartoons and TV shows have her own movie? My God, are some of my fellow conservatives showing themselves to be complete, fuzz-brained morons.

    • Alonzo says:

      There is no agenda it’s superhero movie. The only political belief Wonder Woman has ever stated is her belief in the equality between the sexes.

      All the other political stuff attached to her is from her overzealous fans and misinformed detractors own personal agendas.

  37. More leftist feminist brainwashing and poisoning the minds of young girls so that they will grow up to be white male hating puppets of the totalitarian globalist establishment.

    Liberals are sick people. They have no morals or ethics. Obama and his liberal cronies hate the Constitution and free market capitalism. They do nothing but bleed the middle class dry.

    My tax rate is 40% and my healthcare is now $700 per month thanks to Obamacare. My car insurance is still just $25/month (thanks to Insurance Panda), but if you look at Democrat strongholds like Detroit and New Orleans, where car insurance will run you $300+ per month, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the future of the United Socialist States of America.

    The cultural Marxists have really done a number on Western youth, haven’t they? What a bunch of sick people.

    • Jim says:

      ??? So, so, stupid.

    • jedijones77 says:

      I’m conservative and voted for Trump. People like you showing such utter ignorance to this character and this movie are making our movement look bad. Stop, just stop, before you embarrass yourself and our cause further.

    • Alonzo says:

      Wonder Woman fights for everyone and has exist for 75 years.

      It’s just a superhero movie, I don’t see these kind of comments about Guardian of Galaxy, with that diversified cast, why don’t you drop a rage bomb on that.

  38. Shlomo Shunn says:

    Next up: JANE BOND…wherein the heroine kills hundreds of females, some kicked in their nether-regions to amuse audiences. All males will be seduced for their and the heroine’s pleasure, none dying.

  39. Shlomo Shunn says:

    How many women does WW kill? Do any females sacrifice themselves to save men? Are swords and violence only kosher when women wield them?

  40. ben dominitz says:

    Gal Gadot in Hebrew means “Big Wave.: How appropriate!!

  41. Brad says:

    Trump supporters, just so you know, Gal Gadot (who plays Wonder Woman) is hated by hardcore liberals because she is very pro-Israel and served in the Israeli armed forces. If that doesn’t wanna get you to watch this movie, I don’t know what will.

  42. Bruce Kramer, M.D. says:

    Seems fantasy movies only genre that keeps Hollywood afloat
    For now I’m glad our children can sit back and enjoy watching a movie like Wonder Woman while munching on a bucket of 7 dollar popcorn…
    So take that North Korea, take that our imploding healthcare system, take that MS 13 and your protection in sanctuary cities…
    We’ve got Wonder Woman…at 7.50 a ticket …to keep us safe…

    • Shlomo Shunn says:

      In another time she would have been very pro-Aryan State.

      Francis, the talking mule, “served” in the US Army, too. Gal served hummus to the real troops.

  43. Jeff says:

    I have started patronizing nonpolitical actors and actresses. My dollars are now spent based on my views. Just purchased a brand new Samsung vs. I Phone. You hear that Mr Cook?

  44. Jane says:

    Baby Boomer woman here. Didn’t expect to like it but loved it!! Frequently got tears in my eyes, especially in scene where Wonder Woman leads the way in the German battlefield.

  45. Vox Veritas says:

    Box office receipts benefiting from feminism hype; however, the poor attempt at art falls flat.

  46. Jack Inmanz says:

    OK, I’m just going to say it. As a teenage male growing up in the 60’s, I always thought Wonder Woman was hot. Maybe it was the golden lasso. Or maybe my hormones were off the chart. Just sayin’.

    • Jane says:

      Um, no. Are you from a rival studio, perchance? Sour grapes, maybe? It’s a huge hit and a very good movie.

  47. jerrys kidds says:

    What the hell? Wonder woman was an American influenced icon. With the american flag colors. So sick and tired of these clowns with there political correctness shit!!

    • Anne says: says:

      *they’re

      In AMERICA, contractions are taught in Elementary School. Did you fail in school, or are you not AMERICAN?

      You realize that Wonder Woman isn’t AMERICAN, but Amazonian, from Paradise Island. Do you think she was born wrapped in an AMERICAN flag, Genius? This is an origin story. I’ll bet you never even read the comics.

  48. jasonn13 says:

    Wonder Woman, huh? Wonder what she’s like in the sack? ; )

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