Weekend Box Office: Wonder Woman Slays the Competition and Sets Box Office Record for a Female Director
This past Friday there was a debate between myself and fellow Amigo Jose over Wonder Woman's box office prospects. Jose thought the 1-2 punch of Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad would sour audiences on Wonder Woman, and that the film would either barely meet its studio's expectation of $65 million for the weekend or the film would underperform. My analysis was that Wonder Woman would surprise the bean counters and cross the $100 million threshold. As the heading for this post suggests, Jose's going to have to go lick his wounds...
Wonder Woman took no prisoners at the box office and delivered a huge $100 million dollar opening, which makes it the largest opening for a feature directed by a woman. Kudos to Patty Jenkins for delivering a great flick. Based on the critical and audience reactions to the film, expect Wonder Woman to have legs and cross $300 million when it ultimately leaves theaters.
In other Box Office news, Captain Underpants came in second with an estimated $23.5 million. This isn't too bad for the film, since it only had a $30 million budget. Faring worse was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which sunk to 3rd place and fell a staggering 65.7% from its previous weekend. The 5th entry in the Pirates saga will likely be the lowest grossing film in the franchise domestically, but it will make up for it overseas.
The top 5 estimated results are below.
1. Wonder Woman - $100,505,000
2. Captain Underpants - $23,500,000
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - $21,613,000
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $9,733,000
5. Baywatch - $8,500,000
Source - Box Office Mojo