‘Wonder Woman’ Conquers the Domestic Box Office With Heroic $103.1 Million

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UPDATED 6/5: As of Monday morning, “Wonder Woman” looks to have performed above Sunday estimates, raking in $103.1 million from 4,165 locations.

ORIGINAL: “Wonder Woman” is officially a box office hero.

The Warner Bros. and DC Comics film appears to have delivered on massively high expectations — as of the Sunday morning the super hero film is looking at a $100.5 million domestic opening weekend from 4,165 locations. That, combined with an international take of $122.5 million from 55 markets gives the movie a global opening of $223 million. $18.3 million of the global total came from Imax screens — that’s the third biggest opening for a DC Comics film behind “The Dark Knight Rises” and ahead of “Suicide Squad.”

“Globally this property has just resonated with fans,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein. “There’s something iconic about Diana and the story of Wonder Woman that’s hitting the zeitgeist perfectly.”

Compared with other super hero movies, “Wonder Woman” is expecting a larger domestic opening than “Iron Man” ($98.6 million); “Doctor Strange” ($85 million); “Thor” ($65.7 million); but less than “Deadpool” ($132 million) and “Man of Steel” ($116.6 million).

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Patty Jenkins now holds the banner for the best domestic opening for a female director, topping “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” Sam Taylor-Johnson ($85.1 million). Before “Wonder Woman,” Jenkins’ only feature was “Monster” — an Academy Award winner that she made more than a decade ago with an $8 million budget.

Gal Gadot stars in the film as the titular hero. The Israeli actress — also known for her role in the “Fast and Furious” franchise — made her debut as Diana Prince in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and will also appear at least twice more in both “Justice League” movies if she doesn’t get a sequel of her own.

While the opening weekend for “Wonder Woman” is impressive, DC Comics movies have scored more in the past — recently “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad” rocketed to $166 million and $134 million openings respectively. But “Wonder Woman” had something those movies didn’t — critical support (it currently has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes). The conversation surrounding critics’ impact on the summer box office swirled after “Baywatch” received an aggregate score of 19%, and proceeded to flop over the slowest Memorial Day weekend in nearly two decades.

Goldstein said the studio knew they had “something special” after the reception to Gadot in “Batman v Superman.” “While the story was critically tough, she emerged as a real bright spot,” Goldstein said.

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$95 million of “Wonder Woman’s” global grosses came from 3D screenings, including 100% of showing China and 29% of earnings in the U.S.

The only other major release this weekend was Fox’s “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” which will take in $23.5 million from 3,434. Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, and Kristen Schaal toplined the voice cast of the animated adventure about two students who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a super hero.

Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” should land in third this weekend with about $22 million from 4,276 locations. Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues to stay in the top five, this weekend in the fourth slot. With an additional $10 million in North American grosses from 3,507 locations, James Gunn’s sequel has earned over $350 million domestically in five weekends. “Baywatch” rounds out the top five this weekend with about $8.5 million from 3,647 locations.

In limited release, “3 Idiotas” from Lionsgate and Pantelion will make $600,000 from 349 locations. Cohen Media Group’s historical drama “Churchill” is looking at $407,000 from 217 theaters. And Demetri Martin’s directorial debut “Dean” from CBS Films should take in $60,000 from 15 locations.

Following Memorial Day weekend’s sluggish performance, the summer box office trailed last year’s by nearly 9%. Now, “Wonder Woman” has helped close the gap to 3.4%. This weekend last year “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” flopped, but still led the domestic box office with $35 million.

“Fortunes rise and fall very quickly within the very small summer movie eco-system and only five weekends into the season, a solid overall marketplace performance can have a profound impact on the bottom line,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “The trick now is to keep this momentum rolling as we head into June and beyond.”

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  1. mark moran says:

    On mojo it indicate 100.6M. What’s the real figure ?

  2. OptivioN says:

    ……….Wonderful!!

  3. FiFi De La Flure says:

    So how did it do in Saudi Arabia?

  4. Carolyn says:

    Pirates made 500,000 million and that wasn’t good!!! Go figure but wonder woman did amazing at 122,000 wow

    • Mitch Grove says:

      You’re comparing the wrong numbers, and it’s also about budget and expectation.

      Pirates has made $500 mil over the last 2 weeks, world-wide.

      The $122mil you mention is just Wonder Woman’s international take over the weekend.

      Additionally WW took in $103 mil in the US, compared to Pirates opening weekend of $62 mil

      Also, Wonder Woman only cost $149 mil compared to Pirates $230 mil

      Another reason attention is being paid to WW is that femalecentric action films are virtually non-existent and female directed blockbusters may be even more rare, if that’s possible. Patty Jenkins delivered a great film, Monster, which made $60 mil on an $8 mil budget and got Charlize Theron the Oscar, but hasn’t directed a feature in over a decade until WW. Meanwhile, for example, Colin Trevorrow directs “Safety Not Guaranteed” which makes a total of $4 mil, and is then handed the keys to Jurassic Park and Star Wars. This backs up the theory that women are seen as an untested quantity in both the director chair and headlining an action blockbuster, but can never be tested if they aren’t offered the opportunity.

      Wonder Woman is an unknown quantity at the box office, unlike Pirates, which is one of the biggest franchises of the last decade.

  5. Angel F. says:

    Amazing how well a film will do, when most mainstream critics go soft on it, in order to appease the feminist agenda.

  6. Rex says:

    “$95 million of “Wonder Woman’s” global grosses came from 3D screenings, including 100% of showing China and 29% of earnings in the U.S.”

    And it will get a 3D Blu-Ray release just like nearly EVERY OTHER BLOCKBUSTER that featured the technology in theatres, and yet dunce TV makers decided to drop the feature from every model this year. What the FUCK, man?!? Glad I invested when I did, because the continued SUCCESS of these films in theatrical 3D engagements means I’ll also be enjoying them at home in 3D for years to come, as the sequels will inevitably follow. Saw Wonder Woman in IMAX 3D and it was FANTASTIC! That 29% of the U.S. saw this in 3D is phenomenal for a format so many like to claim is dead even though 3D discs keep coming down the pipeline and virtually every upcoming blockbuster is scheduled to play in the format. 100% in China is just unfathomable! Keep ’em coming.

    (With kudos to the 3D Film Archive For their ongoing revivals of vintage 3D movies as well.)

    • PS says:

      Yeh. Tv makers suck for stopping to manufacture 3D TVs, but the real “dunces” are the greedy Movie studios, who decide to charge twice as much for 3D BRs than for regular ones. Would there only be a 2-3 extra charge, acceptance would be so much higher. I usually find myself enjoying 3D much more on my TV than in the cinema. Many times it looks better on the small screen than on the big one.

    • Darren says:

      I think it’s awesome you are such a huge fan of the format and enjoy it so much… but I don’t think what makes or breaks a film is if it’s shot in 3D. Nobody watches Casablanca or The Godfather and says, ‘Y’know what would have made that better? 3D.” Again, cool you dig it but there are many of us that could not care less about a film being in 3D.

      • JoeM says:

        Not all movies need to be in 3d. But it’s a natural fit for visually-active movies. And when used properly and effectively (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for example), nothing can compare…certainly not 4k. I haven’t seen Wonder Woman so I can’t speak for that one but adding depth to an image is always an enhancement. That is closer to how we see things in life after all.

        The new Transformers movie is the first feature film to be filmed using Imax 3d cameras. Ordinarily I wouldn’t go to see a Transformers movie but I might make an exception in this case simply for the hoped-for 3D experience. Valerians looks to have great 3D as well.

  7. paully says:

    Good work WB/DC.. I would say you were back but you never really where there..
    Maybe DC could focus on the Women Characters in the DC universe.. With Joss Whedon now (hopefully) in charge this could be your winning strategy..

  8. Spider says:

    Cool flick. I really enjoyed “Wonder Woman”. Gal Gadot was surprisingly good and Patty Jenkins did a fantastic job as director. I hope she returns to direct the sequel when it’s green-lit, because she really has a good grasp on this character. Props to Chris Pine who played a good part and had great chemistry with Gadot.

  9. Thrilled to see the success of this film. Hopefully we will see more gender parity for directors

  10. Jimmy says:

    Looks like DC is rising. Critics take notice. Fox give us Alien 5 with Ripley, Newt, and Hicks. No one wanted to see Alien Covenant judging from box office receipts less than 200 million so far. Please no more of Ridley’s Alien universe. Give us sequels moving the story line into the future.

    • Rex says:

      Why do the critics need to take notice? They were right about Wonder Woman just like they were right about the gloomy, nihilistic DC movies that preceded it. And they were pretty positive on Alien, too, so can’t WAIT to see the next one.

      • milo says:

        This. Along with finally seeing DC do well again, I’m glad this shoots down the whole conspiracy theory of critics being biased against DC.

  11. Denise Donovanova says:

    You know what I find strange? All other weekends and movies we get breakdowns. I can’t find one for Wonder Woman. All I can find are Fridays numbers even on box office mojo and here it is Sunday. What’s up? Why are they hiding the numbers? What’s going on. Something is starting to stink here. This is exactly what happens when we try to devide by gender or race. I know a lot of guys who go see every super hero movie every weekend opening who did not go see Wonder Woman this weekend over the whole being iced out of the premier situation. They said they would wait. I’ve never once seen them skip an opening in 19 years.

    • Mitch Grove says:

      They can’t have a “breakdown” of box office numbers that don’t exist yet, unless they have a time machine. All box offices numbers published on Sunday’s are estimates, as in they are making an educated guess based on a few factors.

      That’s why they only have Friday’s, as at the point you commented they were still tallying Saturday and Sunday hadn’t even happened yet. Now on Monday the results are starting to fall into place, and it looks like they are higher than estimated.

      How is a movie starring one of the biggest fictional characters (let alone superheroes) who happens to be a woman, “dividing by gender or race”. Should they have called the movie “Steve Trevor: American Spy”?

      All of the guys you know who “go see every super hero movie every weekend opening who did not go see Wonder Woman this weekend over the whole being iced out of the premier situation”, are saying more about themselves than the film. Also NO ONE WAS ICED OUT OF THE PREMIER, stop listening to crybaby MRA websites, or the people who read them.

      Their were 2 (I think they bumped it to 3 after the first 2 sold-out) female centered screenings. TWO screenings out of the roughly 17,000 screenings the film had, and these babies need to “make a point”?! That’s gross.

    • Rex the Wonder Dog says:

      Maybe you should wait until the folks at Box Office Mojo finish their morning coffee before panicking.

    • Ryan Hall says:

      The movie succeeded without your money, so go ahead and make up some conspiracy. The world will keep spinning lol. If you can’t handle not being invited to one screening, that’s fine (not really its sad, anyway), just understand success happened without you because you’re not the only audience.

    • Fry says:

      Wow, dude. Calm down. And you are the ONLY one bring race and/or gender into it. It’s only 10:24am. Numbers officially come out around 11 on Box office mojo. In fact, they are updating their page right now. You are way to paranoid and sensitive.

    • JK says:

      Paranoia at 1, 2, 3…. Read, more info still to come, go and ser Boxofficemojo and deadline forma the complete breakdown, they always do it around noon. It’s clear that Variety wanted to confirm the $100 and then “more still to come”

      Please learn to read before coming up with conspiracy theories that don’t help the female cause at all

    • Ophelia says:

      This is an estimate. Take BO mojo for example. Typically it takes until 4-5 in the afternoon (EST) for them to get up the prior day’s numbers. So Tuesday’s numbers don’t go up until 5 on Wednesday.
      If your friends are salty because one theatre did a promotional charity bit, then idk, maybe you should get more mature friends. They aren’t being iced out of anything, they’re just whining :P
      But yeah, the specifics aren’t up cause they’re still tallying Saturday’s numbers. Once they have those, they’ll probably have a better estimate :)

    • Alex says:

      Most final numbers don’t come out until around Noon EST on Sunday. Wonder Woman made 100.5 mill, Captain Underpants made 23 mill

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