All eyes were on this weekend for several reasons tied to one movie in particular. The big questions were: Could the latest standalone entry to DC comics’ cinematic series actually be good? Could it rev up moviegoers ahead of this fall’s release of ‘Justice League’? Could it become a financial success? Could the female-directed, female-led picture do what no other had done before? With a record-breaking opening, the answer to each question was a resounding “Yes.”
Opening to $100.5 million domestically, ‘Wonder Woman‘ crushed all expectations. The stellar debut marks the highest opening for a film directed by a woman. Patty Jenkins’ win dethrones the previous record held by Sam Taylor-Johnson with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ ($85.1 million). The $100+ million launch is also the sixth-highest for a non-sequel comic book movie. With a great critical response and very strong word of mouth, the film has the potential to lasso a total of $300 million with its domestic run.
‘Wonder Woman’ is playing equally as well overseas. From 55 markets, it whipped up $122.5 million, giving it a worldwide debut of $223 million. Pre-release tracking eyed a $175 million debut, so the $58 million over-performance is excellent for the $149 million picture.
The DreamWorks Animation/Fox family feature ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie‘ landed in second place with $23.5 million. Despite being based on a popular kids’ book series, this debut is less than half of what DreamWorks’ ‘The Boss Baby’ opened to earlier this year. Fortunately, ‘Underpants’ was produced for just $38 million. If it doesn’t cover its production and marketing budgets by the time it wraps up its domestic release, the impending international release will definitely get it there.
Disney may have global money-making machines with the ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies, but the ‘Pirates’ franchise is quickly becoming less of a domestic draw. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales‘ not only dropped from #1 to #3, but it also fell 66% in attendance over its second week. The previous worst drop-off for this franchise was ‘At World’s End’ (the third movie) which fell 62% over this same weekend in 2007. The $230 million film’s ten-day total is at $114.6 million. With foreign box office numbers, however, it’s not quite dead in the water. Internationally, ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is up to $386.6 million, giving it a worldwide total of $501.2 million. At this rate, so long as Johnny Depp stays attached (or a globally bankable actor can replace him), Disney will never stop making ‘Pirates’ movies.
Five-week-old ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘ finished in fourth place with a distant $9.7 million. The $200 million sequel has earned $355.4 million domestically and $461.1 million internationally, bringing its global total up to $816.5 million. At this point, it’s the fifth-highest MCU grosser, but it doesn’t look like it has enough steam to climb past the $1.1 billion needed to jump another rank.
‘Baywatch‘ took an unhealthy hit over its second week. Slipping 54%, it rounded out the Top 5 with $8.5 million. The $69 million R-rated comedy has made $41.7 million domestically. Thanks to a decent opening weekend in 31 international markets, it pulled another $25.5 million. To date, the movie has $67.2 million in the bank.
The release of Pantelion’s Mexican comedy ‘3 Idiotas‘ failed to result in the same big numbers as other recent Spanish-language releases. Playing on 349 screens, the film took $600,000, for a $1,719 per-screen average. The remake also kicked off overseas, but the markets and numbers for that have yet to be announced.
1. ‘Wonder Woman’ (Warner Bros.) – $100.5 million
2. ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ (Fox) – $23,500,000
3. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ (Buena Vista) – $21,613,000
4. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (Buena Vista) – $9,733,000
5. ‘Baywatch’ (Paramount) – $8,500,000
6. ‘Alien: Covenant’ (Fox) – $4,000,000
7. ‘Everything, Everything’ (Warner Bros.) – $3,320,000
8. ‘Snatched’ (Fox) – $1,340,000
9. ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ (Fox) – $1,220,000
10. ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ (Warner Bros.) – $1,170,000