‘Wonder Woman’ Hauls in a Heroic $100 Million at the Box Office

The Warner Bros. and DC Comics film "Wonder Woman" has met the studio's extremely high expectations.

"Wonder Woman" grabbed $100.5 million at the domestic opening weekend from 4,165 locations. Counting international earnings of $122.5 million from 55 markets,  the global total is $223 million. Imax screenings accounted for $18.3 million of the global amount. It is third biggest opening for a DC Comics film after “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Suicide Squad..

“Globally this property has just resonated with fans,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein. “There’s something iconic about Diana and the story of Wonder Woman that’s hitting the zeitgeist perfectly.”

The “Wonder Woman” domestic opening beated other superhero first installments such as “Iron Man” ($98.6 million), “Doctor Strange” ($85 million), and “Thor” ($65.7 million). 

Patty Jenkins, director of Academy Award winner "Monster," now owns the title for the best domestic opening for a female director, above “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot from the Fast and Furious franchise stars as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman after making her debut in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She is scheduled to appear at least twice more in both “Justice League” movies. 

“Wonder Woman” is benefitting from critical support : It currently enjoys a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The conversation surrounding critics’ impact on the summer box office swirled after “Baywatch” received an aggregate score of 19%, and proceeded to flop over the slowest Memorial Day weekend in nearly two decades.

The response to Gadot playing Wonder Woman in “Batman v Superman” was considered strong and added encouragement that she could carry her own superhero film. 

The only competing major release during the "Wonder Woman" weekend came from Fox’s animated “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” which took in $23.5 million from 3,434 screens, with Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, and Kristen Schaal as part of the voice cast.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore, said: “Fortunes rise and fall very quickly within the very small summer movie eco-system and only five weekends into the season, a solid overall marketplace performance can have a profound impact on the bottom line...The trick now is to keep this momentum rolling as we head into June and beyond.”

Photo by: Gage Skidmore
Photo by: Gage Skidmore