(Submitted by my Superheroic friend, Mr. Prince Adam…Thanks, Wonder Twin! 🙂 xoxo)
We’re now living in a post Wonder Woman world as the fourth DC Extended Universe film, the first ever solo film to star the Amazonian Warrior, is in theaters now. Critically, everyone is loving Wonder Woman. She has a Certified Fresh score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore. How does that translate into box office receipts? Wonderfully. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins is the highest grossing film directed by a woman. The Gal Gadot starer is also the highest grossing female led superhero film. In North America alone, Wonder Woman roped in $103,251,471. This figure marks the 4th consecutive time a DCEU Film has opened to $100 Million+. While Wonder Woman earned less than its DCEU predecessors, that is somewhat of an unfair ask or expectation. Firstly because Batman and Superman have much more of a presence and awareness of the film going public. Not to mention, Batman V Superman had Good Friday and Easter Sunday holidays to boost it’s opening weekend. As for Suicide Squad, it was the last big blockbuster of its summer and heavily advertised a Batman cameo and two of comic books most famous rogues, Harley Quinn and The Joker in it. Add to that, the big name movie star that is Will Smith to inflate its opening weekend numbers. Wonder Woman outperformed the opening weekend of the Marvel Cinematic Universe origin films. That means Diana Prince outpaced Iron-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. Moreover, Wonder Woman had a better opening then MCU sequels, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So for the “Fake Feminists” and Insecure “Pin Dicked” men who complained about the supposed lack of marketing of this film and who got offended by the “all-women screenings” in Texas, both can take their imagined controversies and fake outrage and shove it where the sun don’t shine..
Wonder Woman also opened in 55 international markets this weekend and found even more financial prosperity abroad. In those offshore markets, Wonder Woman amassed a heroic total of $125,000,000. Keep in mind the film has several important markets to open in over the next few weeks, including, France and Germany. While Wonder Woman didn’t outperform Man of Steel’s opening weekend domestically, it did outmuscle the modern day Superman origin film overseas. Like its domestic result, Wonder Woman once again bested her MCU counterparts but to an even greater degree. That foreign opening weekend is better than both Iron-Man & Iron-Man 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, Doctor Strange, Captain America 1 & 2 and Ant-Man. When you add the domestic total with the foreign numbers, Wonder Woman has amassed a grand total of $228,251,471.
Not bad for a movie with no marketing huh!? 😉 Clearly, the world was indeed waiting for Wonder Woman. I definitely think she’s here to stay, as the positive reviews and strong word of mouth will give this film longevity at the box office! I think the success of Wonder Woman will not only bring about official confirmation of a sequel re-teaming Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot, as well as likely moving Joss Whedon’s Batgirl and David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens up the priority chart over at Warner Brothers and DC Films. Be on the lookout for my review of the film soon, right here on this website. I’ll also be back next weekend with an update on Wonder Woman’s performance during the week and following its second weekend in theaters. If you haven’t seen Wonder Woman, GO NOW! If you have seen it, GO AGAIN and GO OFTEN!
(Figures Courtesy of Box Office Mojo)