Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. first female-led installment of the DCEU is currently tracking for a $65 — $100 million-plus launch three weeks ahead of its release.
According to TheWrap, one outlying service estimates the film will take $105 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office while independent trackers are projecting a more conservative opening at $65 million.
A $105 million debut would set the film below the opening weekend of Man of Steel which kicked off the DC Extended Universe in 2013 with $116 million. Last year’s superhero epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice holds the number one spot with $166 million for its opening weekend followed by Suicide Squad at $133 million.
Wonder Woman is an incredibly important for both Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. The film itself will determine both the future of female-led superhero films and female directors in Hollywood. It will also inspire young women for generations to come but in order for it to be the financial success it needs to be, it’s going to have to reach a male audience as well.
Now that the studio has ramped up the marketing campaign, the film has managed to capture the world’s attention. Following the release of the final trailer at the MTV Movie and TV Awards this past Sunday, the marketing for Wonder Woman has now taken over Times Square. Five weeks out, the studio had already spent more on the ad campaign for the film than it had on Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. will continue to roll out TV spots up until the release of Wonder Woman but Princess Diana of Themyscira will also be up against The Mummy starring Tom Cruise in its second weekend at the domestic box office. In the past, DC films have seen a second-weekend drop between 65 and 70 percent.
Set during World War I, Wonder Woman follows Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) after Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an air force officer crash lands on the island of Themyscira — the home of the Amazons — and informs them of the great war going on in the outside world. Diana finds herself compelled to enter the conflict as she believes can help bring an end to the war.
The film stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Lisa Loven Kongsli as Menalippe, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan, Elena Anaya as Doctor Maru, Ewen Bremner as Charlie, Saïd Taghmaoui as Sameer and Eugene Brave Rock as the Chief. Here’s the official synopsis:
’Wonder Woman’ hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017.