According to recent box-office projections and estimates, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is now officially on track to become the highest-grossing DC Extended Universe film in North America.
After an above-projections opening of just over $100 million at the beginning of June, Wonder Woman has had great hold after great hold in the following weekends that have escalated the film’s pace past a lot of its peers. Especially in a superhero genre that is accustomed to 5o to 60 percent drops in subsequent weekends, Wonder Woman has only been dropping around 30 to 40 percent each weekend, holding its own and more against other big summer releases like The Mummy, Cars 3, and this weekend’s Transformers: the Last Knight.
Thanks to these fantastic holds, Wonder Woman is expected to cross the $300 million mark in the United States and Canada this weekend and will finish around $350 million (per Forbes). That would top the previous high of $330 million set by Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in the spring of 2016. Last summer’s Suicide Squad finished with $325 million, and 2013’s Man of Steel finished just shy of $300 million with $291 million, stateside.
Making this conquest even more impressive is that in comparison to the other films, Wonder Woman’s opening was smaller. Man of Steel kicked things off with $116 million, which is the 29th highest grossing opening weekend of all-time. Batman v. Superman took in a massive $166 million, good for number 9 all-time, and Suicide Squad’s $133 million opening was good for number 23. Wonder Woman’s $103 million during its first weekend was “only” good for number 40 all time, but it’s $58 million second weekend and $41 million third weekend was well beyond those three other films, eventually giving it the edge over them.
In addition to this domestic success, Wonder Woman will pass the $650 million mark worldwide this weekend, jumping alongside Beauty and the Beast, The Fate of the Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to jump into the Top 5 for this year.
Despite not garnering the positive critical reviews of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these domestic totals all being in the same range show a mark of consistency for the DCEU. Wonder Woman is by far the universe’s best reviewed film, as its 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes is the only rating above 60 percent between the rest of the films. What that shows is that word-of-mouth among audiences and critics can help carry a film farther than just a front-loaded opening weekend – and if the rest of the DCEU will follow that model, they could have some truly massive openings. Justice League and Aquaman are hoping to follow the model of Wonder Woman when they are released over the next eighteen months.
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