Following Fandango's biggest survey in company history, Wonder Woman has been voted as the most anticipated movie of summer 2017 by viewers. Though the season has gotten off to a rocky start at the box office due to some high-profile flops, there are a number of projects audiences are still looking forward to. Chief among them is Diana Prince's first solo big screen vehicle, coming out after the character stole scenes in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. If the early reactions are any indication, Wonder Woman is going to be the film that finally gives the DC Extended Universe the critical and commercial hit it needs to keep forward momentum going.
The movie opens in a little over a week (as of this writing), and excitement is now at a fever pitch as Warner Bros. cranks up the marketing with new posters, promos, and clips. This is an event more than 75 years in the making, so fans are undoubtedly enthused about the prospect of seeing the Amazonian warrior lead her own blockbuster production. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the hype for it is at a level where moviegoers are looking forward to Wonder Woman more than anything else in the summer.
Fandango ran a poll that saw more than 10,000 votes from April 27 - May 19, 2017 (the largest response the company has seen), asking people which films they were most excited to see from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wonder Woman finished in first - with Spider-Man: Homecoming, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Dark Tower, and Dunkirk rounding out the top five. These projects are either new installments in long-running popular franchises, an adaptation of a beloved novel series, and the latest epic from one of this generation's most famous directors, so it's understandable why there's so much interest in them. It will be interesting to see if their placement on this list has any positive impact on their box office haul.
As for Wonder Woman, the future looks quite bright. Opening weekend estimates indicate it will be a sizable hit, potentially higher than some recent Marvel origin stories. On Fandango, Wonder Woman is currently outpacing Captain America: The First Avenger, meaning it should be able to best Steve Rogers' $65 million opening from 2011. Considering the word-of-mouth carries over into the professional reviews, Wonder Woman should receive even a bigger boost at the box office. Ever since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuted at the beginning of May, many of the would-be tentpoles have been poorly received and performed below expectations. Demand for Wonder Woman should be high, especially since audiences are primed to see a female-led superhero movie.
You can see the full results of Fandango's summer movie survey below:
Most Anticipated 2017 Summer Blockbuster:
- “Wonder Woman” (June 2)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming” (July 7)
- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (May 26)
- “The Dark Tower” (August 4)
- “Dunkirk” (July 21)
- “Despicable Me 3” (June 30)
- “War For The Planet of the Apes” (July 14)
- “Transformers: The Last Knight” (June 21)
- “The Mummy” (June 9)
- “Baywatch” (May 25)
Most Anticipated Summer Family Film:
- “Despicable Me 3” (June 30)
- “Cars 3” (June 16)
- "Captain Underpants” (June 2)
- “Leap!” (August 30)
- “The Emoji Movie” (July 28)
Most Anticipated Summer Comedy:
Most Anticipated Summer Thriller:
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020