Wonder Woman has conquered the domestic office with $100.5 million over the three-day weekend, with $38.7 million alone coming from Friday (including Thursday previews of $11 million). This makes Patty Jenkins the first female director to have the biggest domestic opening, beating out Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose film made $85.1 million. Wonder Woman is also the first DC Comics film in a long time to get an A CinemaScore, with the other four films being Batman and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. Wonder Woman has also beat out 2008’s Iron Man, which made $98.6 million its opening weekend.
Wonder Woman is currently sitting at a 93% certified fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes and a 93% audience score. Critics and audiences alike have been praising the film as one of the best superhero films. This marks the first superhero movie and DC Comics films to feature a female lead and I hope that Wonder Woman’s success allows superhero films to expand and continue to include more women and more minority characters (specifically minority females) in leading roles.
National Association of Theatre Owners CEO and President John Fithian released a statement congratulating Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and Warner Bros. on Wonder Woman’s success at the box office.
“I want to congratulate Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Warner Bros on the terrific opening, but Wonder Woman’s success is everybody’s success. AT NATO, at CinemaCon, we have for years called for diversity in movies that match the diversity of our audiences, not just because it’s a good idea but because it’s good business. What we really look forward to is the day when a movie directed by a woman and telling a woman’s story is no longer news because it was successful – or even that it was produced at all – because such movies should be a matter of routine. We will grow our audiences by telling more stories that tell their stories.”
Elsewhere at the box office, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales dropped to third place, grossing $21.3 million over the weekend and bringing its overall domestic total to $114.3 million. The animated film Captain Underpants grossed $25.7 million. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is at number four with $9.7 million, bringing its domestic total to $355.4 million. Rounding out the top five is Baywatch with $41.3 million.
What did you see this weekend?