Hera. Yesterday, we reported that Wonder Woman surpassed Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3 to become the fifth highest grossing superhero movie in the United States, reaching $409.4 million. This status also made it the made it the second biggest film of the year so far, next to Beauty and the Beast and the ninth largest grossing female-led film of all time.
Now according to Deadline, Princess Diana led Warner Brothers through the “No Man’s Land” of the summer box office where Hollywood saw its worst bottom line in 11 years all the way to becoming the number one studio.
The Burbank company beat out every other major studio with hits like Dunkirk, Annabelle: Creation, and Wonder Woman , garnering $790 million at the domestic box office.
Proving that films marketed on a director’s name can still be a big box office draw, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk tallied an impressive $180.3 million over the summer. The World War II epic outgrossed underperformers Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($172.3m), War For The Planet Of The Apes ($140m), and Transformers: The Last Knight($130m).
Finally, Warner Bros. also had a major hit in their shared universe for The Conjuring, with Annabelle: Creation making $90.5 million.
Every major studio saw a decrease from 2016’s summer box office, but Warner Bros. saw the smallest drop with only 9%. Disney’s release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Cars 3, and Pirates didn’t not see enough domestic returns for either to claim the box office title, leaving the studio down 39% from the previous summer. The Mouse also did not claim any profits from Spider-Man: Homecoming, giving Sony one of their biggest boons in recent years.
With overall ticket sales falling to an estimated $3.8 billion this year, a dip of more than 14 percent off last summer and the lowest revenue total, unadjusted for inflation, since 2006, one has to wonder if the abysmal summer box office was due to sequel fatigue or just avoidance of films that were not particularly good.
Wonder Woman is now available digitally and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 19.
5 Batgirl Stories That Should Shape Joss Whedon’s Film
Well, now that we all know Batgirl will be getting her own movie, directed by Joss Whedon no less, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of film it will be. Yeah, we had a Batgirl in the terrible Batman and Robin movie, but she wasn’t even Barbara Gordon. Gordon is so clearly the most iconic Batgirl it’s ridiculous they thought to make up some other character for the movie.
Don’t worry though, loyal Batgirl fans. It’s already been confirmed Barbara will star in the movie. While there is always room for Whedon to develop his own stories for the character, it’s more likely he will draw from a few different comics to give audiences a well-rounded introduction to the character.
So hit Next to find out more about 5 Batgirl stories Joss Whedon’s DC Extended Universe movie should borrow ideas from.