Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima.

Haruo Nakajima was, in more ways than one, the King of the Monsters. From 1954 to 1972, Nakajima was the man behind Godzilla, donning the legendary suit for some of the greatest monster movies of all time. As if one timeless sci-fi icon wasn’t enough, the great Nakajima also portrayed Rodan  Varan, Baragon, Gaira, the larva form of Mothra, and several kaijus in both Ultra Q and Ultraman. Nakajima was a true giant in genre cinema and his creatures will continue to inspire both fright and delight in fright fans for many years to come. Haruo Nakajima was an incredible, unstoppable titan of terror.


Rest in Peace, King of the Monsters. xoxo

Wonder Woman Flies By Batman V Superman To Become #1 DCEU Film In North America!

(Submitted by Prince Adam, who is adorably ecstatic about this news!! 😉 xoxo)

Remember last week, when I cautioned not to underestimate Wonder Woman? Well, I should have taken my own advice. Over the weekend, the film brought in another $16,100,000 at the North American Box Office, to raise its domestic earnings to $346,644,475. That figure means that Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman film, has surpassed both Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, to become the top grossing DC Extended Universe film in North America. Look, as much as I love Wonder Woman, even I didn’t think that was possible, when you consider that it started $30 Million behind Suicide Squad and $63 Million behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, after opening weekend. Not only that, the Gal Gadot led film has also surpassed the domestic totals of Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man 3. In terms of superhero origin films, it ranks 3rd behind only Spider-Man and Deadpool. While weekend specific international figures haven’t been made available, I can tell you that Wonder Woman’s foreign figure has risen to $361,800,000. That brings the films worldwide total to a spectacular sum of $708,444,475. Keep in mind that Wonder Woman has only been out for a month and still needs to open in Japan. There are still records to be broken and I’ll update you on the films progress again next week, but you can’t help but marvel at what a wonderful success this is for DC Films and the comic book superhero film genre as a whole.

Wonder Woman Leaves The Mummy In Her Dust Retaining #1 Spot at the Box Office!

(Submitted by Prince Adam…Thanks, Heroic Ho-mie! 🙂 xo)

Over the weekend, Universal Studio’s launched its connected series of classic Monster Films with a reboot of The Mummy, While I enjoyed what turned out to be a flawed, yet entertaining film and hope it’s worldwide box office is good enough for the Dark Universe to continue, the North American box office was still fixated on the power and grace of Wonder Woman. In the U.S. and Canada, the superhero origin story collected another $58,520,627.  This coupled with strong weekday performances has led the Patty Jenkins directed film to a 10 day domestic total of $206,343,175. That number means Wonder Woman has surpassed the lifetime domestic output of Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men First Class, and Superman Returns.  As I write this, it is likely surpassing the total domestic gross of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.  Other Batman films, whose total Wonder Woman has absolutely eclipsed are Batman Returns and Batman Forever. As far as second weekend grosses go, Wonder Woman ranks third amongst all DC Comics films, behind only The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.  However, against her fellow DCEU Films Wonder Woman’s second weekend haul, outperformed Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.  The reason this was possible is due to the fact that Wonder Woman only suffered a miniscule 43. 3% decline in business.  The only other superhero film able to hold that well during its second weekend, after opening on a traditional Friday was Sam Raimi’s Spider- Man in 2002. Internationally, Wonder Woman dipped a normal $58.1 Million.  This represents a 54% decline from last week. Therefore, Wonder Woman’s international intake stands at, 230,200,000. Added together Wonder Woman has ricocheted a total of $436,543,175 off of her bracelets and into Warner Brother’s bank vault.  I’ll be back next week to see how Wonder Woman fares against another new release, that being the animated threequel Cars 3.  No matter what happens, there’s no doubt that when it comes to box office, Wonder Woman has got legs and she knows how to use them.

 

Wonder Woman BoXXX Office Report

(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)