Wonder Woman is officially the top grossing movie this summer, passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Long before its release, Wonder Woman carried the heavy burden of needing to be the DC Extended Universe film that righted what too many believed to be a sinking ship. Those astronomical expectations were hurt even more when rumors surfaced about there being turmoil behind the scenes. Director Patty Jenkins quickly demolished the hearsay and stood by her promise of the entire Wonder Woman team being a well-oiled machine. Gal Gadot's portrayal in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was arguably one of the film's brightest aspects, and fans were not disappointed when her full-length solo feature was finally released.
Wonder Woman opened to rave reviews and the praises have continued to rain down. At present, the film is Certified Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes with a 92% critic rating and a 90% audience score. In fact, it is the DCEU's highest grossing film domestically, trailing BvS in the worldwide market. Big things are in store for DCEU's newest franchise as official sequel plans were just confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con. Praise for the film has poured in from all corners of the entertainment world, including "rivals" from the Marvel realm including chief Kevin Feige.
The wins just keep coming for this film as Movie Box Office lists Wonder Woman as the highest grossing film of this summer. Currently sitting at just over $389M, the film has knocked Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 out of the top spot. Wonder Woman did so in less time (it opened a month after Guardians), playing in about 200 fewer theaters, and after posting a smaller opening weekend. These numbers prove the film has legs as it continues to bring in over $10M heading into its 8th week of release.
It is worth noting that despite what the calendar dictates, a Hollywood summer begins with the first weekend in May and concludes with the Labor Day holiday. There's a lot of summer left in this movie-going high season, and while Wonder Woman is enjoying excellent legs, there's still a chance it could be surpassed, although with Spider-Man: Homecoming seeing a big second weekend drop and no other major blockbusters set to release until after the summer movie season, there's a good chance it holds that spot.
With female movie-goers making about just over half of all box office sales, it comes as no surprise that this demographic is Wonder Woman's core audience. Whether or not Wonder Woman finishes on top, the numbers and accolades tell a comprehensive success story for a film that nearly made its entire production budget back on opening weekend.
Source: Movie Box Office
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