A movie theater executive says he has seen Wonder Woman and is enthusiastically comparing the film to Captain America. While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is kicking off the summer movie going season this weekend and is projected to attract massive crowds, it’s not the only superhero movie that fans are anticipating this summer. In less than a month, director Patty Jenkins’ hotly anticipated Wonder Woman solo movie starring Gal Gadot will hit theaters, and by this first reaction, the film seems set to become a hit.
In a tweet posted Thursday, John Shaw, president of Theatre Management Associates, LLC, calls Wonder Woman “exciting & entertaining in every way.” Shaw is certainly an authority in the movie business: His Twitter profile lists the Kentucky-based executive’s credits, which includes “motion picture consultant, film buyer, theatre management, film distributor and marketing company.”
Shaw doesn’t say where he screened Wonder Woman, but with his credentials, it’s pretty safe to guess he caught the film at an exhibitor’s screening for theater owners, who generally see films before the press for booking purposes. While more early reactions will obviously surface in the coming weeks, this first reaction will certainly come as good news to Jenkins, who finally got her crack at directing a superhero film with Wonder Woman at DC after parting ways with Marvel due to creative differences on Thor: The Dark World.
Wonder Woman: exciting & entertaining in every way. Great SFX and characters. Here's a summer blockbuster as good as Captain America ($370M)— John Shaw (@ShawJshaw11045) May 3, 2017
Since Shaw’s reaction was limited to 140 characters, some minor questions remain unanswered with his tweet. Is he comparing the film to the first Captain America movie? That would make sense, since like Wonder Woman, the first Cap in a period origins film. The “$370M” reference Shaw makes seems to reference the worldwide gross of the 2011 film, which made $176.5 million domestically and $193.5 million in foreign territories for a worldwide cume of $370.5 million.
If that’s Shaw’s estimate for the film’s global prospects, it seems on the lower side. Man of Steel, for example, made $668 million globally in 2013, while 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (which introduced Diana Prince/Wonder Woman to the DCEU), finished its theatrical run with $873.2 million at the worldwide box office.
Box office prognostications aside, this positive early reaction is sure to be embraced by Wonder Woman fans, who have been waiting for the live-action solo spotlight to shine on the iconic DC character since Lynda Carter starred in the classic Wonder Woman TV series in the 1970s. Coupled with the news Wednesday that Jenkins says she’s included “subtle” Easter eggs in the film that refer the ’70s TV series, Wonder Woman seems destined for a positive reception by fans.
Source: John Shaw
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