Warner/DC’s WONDER WOMAN standalone feature made a spectacular debut over the weekend, grossing just over $100 million domestically, well ahead of expectations. Anticipation had been building for some time and peaked during the days before opening. Very positive critical response no doubt also contributed. Foreign box office added an additional $148 million, making this a much needed win for the DC Universe, which had enjoyed good numbers but poor notices for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and SUICIDE SQUAD. These numbers are also no doubt a relief for Warner after the very poor showing of KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, which will likely fail to even reach $50 million domestically.
Fox also had a better than expected debut for their animated feature CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS. The comparatively cheap feature grossed $23.5 million, a solid opener.
Box office news was less exciting for other studios. Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES plummeted 66%, though the picture has still topped $500 million worldwide thanks to a much more enthusiastic reception overseas. BAYWATCH and ALIEN: COVENANT also displayed little staying power and will be exiting from theatres soon. SNATCHED and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL also underperformed.
Opening next weekend is THE MUMMY, Universal’s reboot of its late ’90s series with Brendan Fraser. Tom Cruise takes over the lead for this one, part of the studio’s so-called Dark Universe which creates superhero-style action spectacles for its horror icons. Up next year is Bill Condon’s version of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Upstart indie studio A24 is countering with its own horror title, IT COMES AT NIGHT, while Bleeker Street counter programs with its female-leaning war drama MEAGAN LEAVEY. The following weekend will likely be dominated by Disney/Pixar’s CARS 3, though the female buddy comedy ROUGH NIGHT could surprise.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.