Wonder Woman, it’s safe to say at this point, is a big hit. Warner Bros' superhero film not only earned the best reviews, by far, of any DC Extended Universe title to date, but has broken through culturally to a huge degree. It enjoyed the most successful opening weekend ever for a film with a female director. And beyond that, the film clearly has staying power, putting up a respectable $41.2 million at the box office in its third weekend, despite coming in second behind Cars 3.
So far, Wonder Woman has earned $275 million at the domestic box office, placing it third overall for the year, behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It has also earned $573.5 million worldwide, placing it sixth on that list for the year. And now, it appears Wonder Woman has a shot at another major box office list.
Wonder Woman stands a good chance of making the top 10 box office chart for all superhero movies in history, according to an analysis by the site Capeless Crusader. According to Capeless Crusader, on the domestic all-time list for superhero films, Wonder Woman is already up to 17th place, just behind previous DCEU release Man of Steel. However, BoxOfficeMojo currently has Wonder Woman at 18th place.
In terms of the domestic box office, Marvel’s The Avengers maintains the #1 spot on the all-time superhero movie list, with $623 million, followed by The Dark Knight ($534.8 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million) and Iron Man 3 ($409 million). In addition to Man of Steel, all of the past films from the DCEU are ahead of Wonder Woman, although not that far ahead: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is at #13 with $330 million, followed immediately by Suicide Squad at #14 with $325 million.
Wonder Woman seems likely to pass all of those for a simple reason, as pointed out by Capeless Crusader: It's week-to-week box office drops haven’t been very significant. Wonder Woman lost 43.3 percent of its box office from its first weekend to its second, the lowest drop for a superhero film in the last seven years. That momentum, and strong word of mouth from people who saw the film and liked it, seems highly likely to earn Wonder Woman the less than $100 million it needs to reach the all-time superhero top ten.
Will high-profile releases in the coming weeks, including Transformers and Spider-man films, put any kind of dent into Wonder Woman’s momentum? That’s certainly possible, although likely not enough to keep Wonder Woman out of the top ten.
Source: Capeless Crusader
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018