‘Wonder Woman’ Pushes The DC Extended Universe Past $3B Globally

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WB’s Wonder Woman has greatly outdone financial expectations at the global box office, and as a result, the DC Extended Universe has made over $3B in ticket sales over the course of four films.

Box Office Mojo is reporting that the DCEU’s fourth movie has just cleared the $350M milestone domestically, which has pushed it past the $3B mark. Keeping the international rollout of Wonder Woman in mind, this was accomplished in a mere 35 days after opening overseas and 32 days after opening in the United States. Following mixed-to-negative critical reception and polarized audience responses to previous installments to the franchise, the critical success and strong financial performance of Wonder Woman was exactly what the rapidly-expanding Warner Brothers mega-franchise needed, and is sure to help build hype for this November’s Justice League. Not bad for a movie that was initially tracking to only have a $65M opening weekend!

For frame of reference, the DC Extended Universe is financially ahead of Marvel Studios and their Marvel Cinematic Universe at the same point in time relative to the beginning of their setting (namely, the last standalone movie they released before the big team-up). Four movies in, the DCEU has made $3,000.8M (and counting, since Wonder Woman still has yet to complete its run in most territories and has yet to open in Japan altogether) compared to the $2,292.4M total accounted for the first five MCU movies. In terms of production budget expenses for these same movies, the DCEU as it stands right now is only slightly more expensive than the MCU was at the time ($799M versus $780M). For both franchises, that translates to averages of $750.2M-per-DC-movie and $458.48M-per-Marvel-movie at those respective points in time.

Granted, this isn’t an apples-to-apples situation, as this comparison does not account for matters of inflation, the rise of 3-D, or the growth of the international film market – the DCEU started after a new “status quo” took effect while the MCU was going through these changes firsthand at this point in time. And this certainly isn’t to knock Marvel Studios at all, as their setting has consistently done well and has redefined how Hollywood is developing movie franchises; heck, it’s the key reason why the DC Extended Universe finally got off the ground. What we like to call the “Heroic Age” at this site is built upon the continued success of all comic book adaptations and genre movies as a whole, so DC’s setting doing so well bodes well for Marvel and everyone else in the long run.

Wonder Woman is still playing in theaters. Its cast includes Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan, Elena Anaya as Doctor Isabel Maru (Doctor Poison), and Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff.

Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.

Source: Box Office Mojo

8 Best DC Extended Universe Side Characters So Far

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DC Extended Universe CharactersThe DC Extended Universe is filled with lots of characters. Some of them are superheroes and villains while others are simply supporting or side characters. They aren’t main characters, but they serve important roles in the lives and the stories of our heroes. They are very important and there have actually been some standout cases of interesting side characters that have appeared in the DCEU so far.

These characters have been a part of the DC Comics Universe for a very long time, but some of them have made their film debut through the DCEU. They each bring their own qualities to the table and deserve to be recognized for the parts that they play in assisting or sometimes getting in the way of the heroes we know and love.

Here are 8 of the best DC Extended Universe characters so far. Click Next to continue.

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Stephen Silver

    DC is the best

  • Nando

    Marquis de Sade and Allexx will be very p¡ssed! LOL!

    • Marquis de Sade

      Broken record much?

      • Nando

        LOL i knew you would be p¡ssed

  • JMMagwood

    Glad both companies are doing great business. While I’m not sure about Spider Man, I have high hopes for Thor and Justice League later this year. Infinity War will be huge, and I can’t wait to see what Joss comes up with for Justice League 2 😉

  • Rob

    Wonder Woman is the only movie in this current DCCU that I liked and I liked it a lot. I hope most DC movies follow this formula rather than Snyder-verse of Superman and Batman. WB finally learned that superhero movies cannot take themselves too seriously and need a little humor and heart. Even the Nolan-verse realized that.

    • KungFuCthulhu

      The thing that people fail to realize is that Snyder’s movies did have jokes in them – they just weren’t gut-busters or one-liners. And I still think it’s worth pointing out that Snyder’s got both a story credit and a producer’s credit on Wonder Woman – not to mention that he cast the movie’s star in the first place – which is something I’ve noticed that detractors of his have ignored.

      – Grant

      • Rob

        There were a few token jokes in BvS. But they were mostly drowned in the overly seriousness and dread of the movie.

        And producer and story credits are not exactly hard to get especially since Snyder is in charge of Justice League. Producers credits are given away like candy. Doesn’t mean you did much of anything on the film. And if Snyder gave direction on the script to how it must fit into the Justice League storyline it might be enough to get a story credit. “Story by” credits is basically done at the treatment stage and has little to do with the actual script that is written other than a road map.

        And who cares if he casted Gal Godot? I actually think she is a so-so actress to begin with. The story, direction, etc. overcame her flaws in the movie. And she was was in BvS and that movie sucked big time.

      • Rob

        And BTW, even if Snyder was hugely involved in Wonder Woman, it doesn’t change the fact that Man of Steel and Batman v Superman received mixed reviews from fans and critics while Wonder Woman was universally loved.

        If Snyder was a big part of the success of Wonder Woman, good for him and it may be a sign that he learned from his mistakes from MoS and BvS and Justice League will be a good movie. I tend to doubt it and I think I give far more credit to Patty Jenkins for the success of Wonder Woman. That movie had a far different tone than anything Snyder has ever done.

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  • mbradleyc

    Which all seems to neglect the effect of the Bale Batman trilogy. D’oh!
    Yeah, that was pretty good too.