DC's critical rebound led to commercial records being broken at the box office, as comic fans celebrated a long-awaited film more than 75 years in the making.
Easily coming out on top this weekend is Wonder Woman (read our review) with $100.5 million grossed in its first three days domestically. Thanks to enthusiastic word-of-mouth from pundits and audiences alike, the movie was able to exceed expectations and become the highest debut for a female-directed film. Demand for Wonder Woman was quite high across the board. Not only has the public been clamoring for more diversity in the genre, this summer has gotten off to a sluggish start, with many of the May tentpoles struggling to leave an impact. Outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the month was highlighted by one disappointment after another. Wonder Woman clearly filled in a void and took advantage of weak competition.
It will be interesting to see how Wonder Woman holds up into its second weekend. Next Friday sees the release of The Mummy, which is positioned to kick off the studio's Dark Universe franchise for their various iconic monster characters. As a PG-13 genre picture, The Mummy will be going after a similar demographic, but Wonder Woman got off to a rousing start. Interest to see it will continue to be there, so Warner Bros. is in for a fruitful run. With $223 million earned worldwide, the movie has already made back its production costs and is well on its way to turning a nice profit.
Opening in a very distant second is the animated film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (read our review). The adaptation of the famous children's novel series made $23.5 million over the weekend, a modest amount for a family movie. Obviously, it had an uphill battle going up against the high-profile Wonder Woman, and Fox didn't give Captain Underpants the most visible marketing campaign in the weeks leading up to its premiere. Still, the project was able to find a decent audience, and the relatively low figure isn't any cause for concern. Captain Underpants was budgeted at just $38 million, so the studio should make good on its investment. The positive critical response should help it stay afloat, although Cars 3 arrives in just a couple of weeks.
Last week's champ, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, fell to third in its second weekend with $21.6 million. That's a sizable 65.7 percent drop from its debut, indicating there isn't much interest in the U.S. for the continuing adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow. To date, the film has brought in $114.6 million domestically and is trailing well behind its predecessors. Globally, Pirates 5 has been better off, grossing $501.2 million. That's enough to make it a profitable investment by the slimmest of margins, though Disney is probably hoping for more before it closes out.
The #4 film is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel's newest hit made $9.7 million in its fifth weekend to raise its Stateside total to $355.4 million.
Rounding out the top five is Baywatch with $8.5 million. The comedy now stands at $41.7 million domestically.
Coming in sixth is Alien: Covenant. Ridley Scott's sci-fi prequel grossed $4 million in its third weekend to increase its U.S. total to $67.2 million.
Teen drama Everything, Everything finished in seventh with $3.3 million. The film is now at $28.3 million domestically.
Amy Schumer's comedy Snatched is the #8 movie with $1.3 million. The comedy has now made $43.8 million for its domestic run.
In ninth is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which made $1.2 million in its third weekend. The family film is now up to $17.8 million in the States
Capping off the top 10 is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The bomb earned $1.1 million and now stands at $37.1 million for its domestic total. For comparison's sake, Wonder Woman made $38.7 million for WB in one day.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, June 5 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo