Director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is looking to break down more barriers with a global debut of $175 million-plus. The DC Comics film, which premieres in the United States and worldwide June 2, stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman), Chris Pine as U.S. military pilot Steve Trevor as well as Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya.
Warner Bros. is hoping the film will break the glass ceiling by going north of the projected $175 million globally. Breaking it down even further — Wonder Woman will be playing at 4,100 locations in the States and is looking to make $65 million to $75 million from these locations, which is on par with Marvel’s Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.
As reported by Deadline, Wonder Woman‘s opening weekend box office returns may climb even higher if it can maintain it’s Rotten Tomatoes score (which it’s already at 97 percent off 66 reviews currently). Globally, the film is projected to perform well around the world in nations like China, the UK, Brazil, Russia, Korea and later France, Germany and Japan, all of which will dramatically improve its box office numbers if the current returns for superhero films in international markets are any indication.
If Wonder Woman does as well as it’s expected to, it will be a big win for Warner Bros. and DC, who have seen financial but not critical success with films like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (where Gal Gadot made her first appearance as Wonder Woman) and Suicide Squad. Wonder Woman, though, is already wowing critics with its positive reviews, stating that it’s the best film in the DC Universe since Christopher Nolan’s 2008 The Dark Knight.
The critical reception and potential box office success of Wonder Woman should also be good news for future female-led superhero efforts, like Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel, and Warners’ own Gotham City Sirens. Though Marvel’s film features a character not as widely recognized as Wonder Woman, there will certainly be some thematic overlap, and the accomplishment of Diana Prince will hopefully make Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) journey to the big screen another mark in the win column for fans eager to see women bring their favorite superheroes to life.
Additionally, if Wonder Woman does indeed put up such impressive numbers, it stands to reason that Warner Bros. won’t wait too long in announcing a sequel. With the movie helping the studio achieve the critical reception it’s likely been longing for, filing out the other side of the equation will almost certainly seal the deal.
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