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

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).

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.

$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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