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Weekend Box Office Report: June 2-4, 2017

06.04.2017

Wonder Woman packs a powerful punch!

DC Comics' Amazonian warrior finally got her big-screen solo spotlight this weekend, and put WONDER WOMAN in first place with an estimated opening of $100.5 million!

The popular heroine may not have topped the opening of the other entries in the DC Extended Universe (MAN OF STEEL - $116 million, SUICIDE SQUAD - $133 million, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE - $166 million), but director Patty Jenkins' effort set a record for biggest debut by a female filmmaker, defeating the $85 million start of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.

Diana of Themiscyra's journey into the world of men also set the record for a female-fronted superhero movie -- not that there's been much competition (lookin' at you, Marvel). The previous leader was the 2004 Halle Berry CATWOMAN, which ended with a domestic total of $40 million.

As for comic book adaptations, Gal Gadot's bullet-deflecting protagonist defeated openings by the likes of IRON MAN ($98 million), DOCTOR STRANGE ($85 million), CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER ($95 million) and this year's LOGAN ($88.4 million).

The WWI adventure, which cost a reported $150 million, also lassoed $112.5 million from international crowds for a worldwide opening weekend of $223 million (more than GREEN LANTERN made globally in its entire run).

The first movie starring the most recognizable female superhero on the planet also had the benefit of positive critical reaction -- the movie has a 93% average on Rotten Tomatoes (check out the JoBlo reviews HERE and HERE).

In second place was a decidedly different superhero movie -- the animated CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE opened with $23.5 million.

The DreamWorks adaptation of Dav Pilkey's popular children's books reportedly cost a relatively modest $39 million. Principal Krupp's alter-ego and his tightie-whities were applauded by most critics, who gave it an 86% average on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

Drifting to third was last weekend's winner PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES with $21.6 million, sinking by 65% from its opening. The fifth chapter in the Johnny Depp swashbuckling series has a ten-day domestic total of $114.6 million, and (as SALAZAR'S REVENGE) has sailed beyond $500 million worldwide.

Marvel's sequel GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 was in fourth with $9.7 million for a domestic total of $355.4 million after five weekends in release. Chris Pratt and his squabbling space crew have a worldwide total of $816.6 million.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's BAYWATCH was in fifth place with $8.5 million, losing 54% from its third-place opening last week. The R-rated beach comedy has an 11-day domestic total of $41.7 million, buoyed by an additional $25 million from overseas business.

ALIEN: COVENANT continues to lose altitude in sixth with $4 million as Ridley Scott's R-rated prequel/sequel has a worldwide total of $173.8 million. Teen melodrama EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING was in seventh with $3.3 million, while the Goldie Hawn/Amy Schumer comedy SNATCHED fought with DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL and KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD for the scraps at the bottom of the list.

Outside the chart, THE BOSS BABY crawled away with Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which finally danced out of the Top 10 after three months in theaters.

Next weekend has Tom Cruise battling the new version of a classic monster in THE MUMMY, Joel Edgerton is plagued by a plague in IT COMES AT NIGHT, and Kate Mara and her dog go to war in MEGAN LEAVEY.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Wonder Woman $100.5 M
NEW
2. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie $23.5 M
NEW
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $21.6 M $114.6 M
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $9.7 M $355.4 M
5. Baywatch $8.5 M $41.7 M
6. Alien: Covenant $4 M $67.2 M
7. Everything, Everything $3.3 M $28.3 M
8. Snatched $1.3 M $43.8 M
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul $1.2 M $17.8 M
10. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword $1.1 M $37.1 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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10:45AM on 06/05/2017
Glad to see a solo female superhero doing so well at the box office.
Glad to see a solo female superhero doing so well at the box office.
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9:52PM on 06/04/2017
Wasn't Catherine Hardwicke for Twilight 3rd?
Wasn't Catherine Hardwicke for Twilight 3rd?
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6:29PM on 06/04/2017
Great to see Wonder Woman over perform!

So great to see DC finally have a genuinely good film since Nolan. I loved Wonder Woman, and hopefully it'll be successful enough to make WB realize that a good story is always better than mindless fanfare.
Great to see Wonder Woman over perform!

So great to see DC finally have a genuinely good film since Nolan. I loved Wonder Woman, and hopefully it'll be successful enough to make WB realize that a good story is always better than mindless fanfare.
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6:23PM on 06/04/2017

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Now maybe marvel will bring on the black widow movie.
Now maybe marvel will bring on the black widow movie.
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4:44PM on 06/04/2017
Maybe this will put the DCEU on track. Justice League was already made, but it'll be interesting to see if they follow the Wonder Woman formula moving ahead. Aquaman, Cyborg & Gotham City Sirens will be the ones to watch and see how those pan out. Catwoman still deserves her due as one of the more interesting comic book characters after the 2004 debacle, so hopefully they don't mess Sirens up after TDKR got the character back on track in film.
Maybe this will put the DCEU on track. Justice League was already made, but it'll be interesting to see if they follow the Wonder Woman formula moving ahead. Aquaman, Cyborg & Gotham City Sirens will be the ones to watch and see how those pan out. Catwoman still deserves her due as one of the more interesting comic book characters after the 2004 debacle, so hopefully they don't mess Sirens up after TDKR got the character back on track in film.
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4:01PM on 06/04/2017
wonder why DC films open​ better than the Marvel films?
wonder why DC films open​ better than the Marvel films?
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4:43PM on 06/04/2017
Depends on the movie.

Marvel still has the four highest openings for comic book movies.

And WONDER WOMAN may have beat a few Marvel movies (and as one of the most well-known superheroes in history, it certainly should've done better than things like ANT-MAN, DOCTOR STRANGE and even THOR), but didn't come close to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2, IRON MAN 2 & 3, CAP: CIVIL WAR and both AVENGERS. Not to mention (though not from Marvel Studios) DEADPOOL and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, and
Depends on the movie.

Marvel still has the four highest openings for comic book movies.

And WONDER WOMAN may have beat a few Marvel movies (and as one of the most well-known superheroes in history, it certainly should've done better than things like ANT-MAN, DOCTOR STRANGE and even THOR), but didn't come close to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2, IRON MAN 2 & 3, CAP: CIVIL WAR and both AVENGERS. Not to mention (though not from Marvel Studios) DEADPOOL and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, and SPIDER-MAN 1 and 3.
9:24PM on 06/04/2017
Because they're far more ingrained into the consciousness of the public. Thor, Iron Man and most of Marvel's properties are B-level characters compared to Superman & Batman (Wonder Woman is probably more popular to the general public but she's closer). The difference is that Marvel has made better movies up to now so they continue to earn for weeks and even months while the DC films have had large drop-offs after week #1 up to now (not counting Nolan's efforts). I really liked WW so think it
Because they're far more ingrained into the consciousness of the public. Thor, Iron Man and most of Marvel's properties are B-level characters compared to Superman & Batman (Wonder Woman is probably more popular to the general public but she's closer). The difference is that Marvel has made better movies up to now so they continue to earn for weeks and even months while the DC films have had large drop-offs after week #1 up to now (not counting Nolan's efforts). I really liked WW so think it will continue to earn, but we'll have to see what the following weeks look like.
2:58PM on 06/04/2017

No excuses anymore

For years we had to hear that female led superhero movies don't sell (thanks to turds like Catwoman & Elektra)...well, Wonder Woman just proved that there is an audience! Of course the quality of the movie is important, without the positve buzz the numbers would be lower.
For years we had to hear that female led superhero movies don't sell (thanks to turds like Catwoman & Elektra)...well, Wonder Woman just proved that there is an audience! Of course the quality of the movie is important, without the positve buzz the numbers would be lower.
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2:34PM on 06/04/2017
Very happy to see Wonder Woman on top while also carrying a big debut as well. It should have no problem next weekend reclaiming the top spot with only the Mummy as its competition.

But this is a great job from DC and for DC going forward with their DCEU. Hopefully all of this positivity carries over into Justice League too.
Very happy to see Wonder Woman on top while also carrying a big debut as well. It should have no problem next weekend reclaiming the top spot with only the Mummy as its competition.

But this is a great job from DC and for DC going forward with their DCEU. Hopefully all of this positivity carries over into Justice League too.
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