Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Opens to a Wonderful $100.5-M

Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Opens to a Wonderful $100.5-M

Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Opens to a Wonderful $100.5-M

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Wonder Woman posted the Top North American film debut of all time for a female director, and launches the 1st major studio film franchise featuring a female superhero; overseas, the movie took in $122.5-M for a $223-M global debut.

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman grossed $100.5-M from 4,165 theaters in its domestic box office at the weekend.

Overseas, Wonder Woman also won the weekend with $122.5-M from 55 markets for a global open of $223-M.

The $150-M Warner Bros. movie stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman launched the 1st film franchise featuring a female superhero after both Catwoman and Elektra flopped in the mid-2000’s. Wonder Woman in development since Y 1996 skewed female (52%) unheard for a Superhero title, which regularly draws an audience that is 60% male.

Wonder Woman becomes the 16th Superhero film to cross $100-M in its domestic box office launch beating out the openings of the 1st 2 Thor and Captain America movies, as well as the 1st Iron Man.

Earning super reviews and an A CinemaScore from audiences, Wonder Woman is a needed critical win for Warners and DC Entertainment, whose Man of Steel (Y 2013) and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Y 2016) were virtually DOA.

Internationally, Wonder Woman came in ahead of fellow Warner’s Superhero film Man of Steel in many markets, including China.

Imax (NYSE:IMAX) theaters accounted for $18.3-M globally, the 3rd biggest launch for a DC Comics film.

The weekend’s other new offering

DreamWorks Animation’s (NYSE:DWA) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, placed #2 with an estimated $23.5-M from 3,434 theaters after costing a modest $38-M to produce.

Captain Underpants is the final DWA title that Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) will distribute before Universal takes over all marketing and distribution duties for DWA movies. NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) bought DWA last year.

Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales fell 66% in its 2nd frame domestically, the biggest drop of any film in the franchise, to $21.6-M for a domestic take of $114.6-M. Overseas, Pirates 5 earned another $73.8-M and topping the $500-M mark globally, in China, the movie’s total has booked $143-M.

Dead Men Tell No Tales placed # 3 domestically, followed by fellow Disney release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with roughly $9.7-M for a global box office of $816.6-M

Paramount, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) and Skydance’s Baywatch rounded out the Top 5 with $8.5 million for a domestic take of $41.7-M. The R-rated movie fell nearly 55%. Overseas, Baywatch opened to $23.8-M from 31 markets, including $5.8-M in the UK, just behind Wonder Woman.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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