Wonder Woman Exceeds Expectations at the Box Office, $100 Million
Prepare to eat crow, naysayers who thought female-led action movies can’t make money. According to Box Office Mojo, Wonder Woman dominated the box office with an impressive $100 million, making it the largest debut for a female-directed film in cinematic history. It edges out the previous record holder Fifty Shades of Grey, which debuted with $85.1 million in 2015.
Thankfully, this film didn’t fall victim to any residual effects from the underperforming Memorial Day weekend, which saw a whopping 38% drop in attendance compared to last year.
It certainly helps that Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, entered the weekend boasting the best reviews out of all the movies released under the DC Extended Universe so far. The film’s Friday premiere alone received $38.76 million, and audiences were already giving it an “A” CinemaScore.
Overall, Wonder Woman had the 16th largest opening weekend for a comic book character of all time, sixth if you don’t count sequels. Based on estimates, the movie also comes in sixth of for largest June opening of all time. If the momentum keeps up, it’ll be a surprise to no one if the film makes it close to $300 million domestic.
Concerning the people who went out to see it, Box Office Mojo reports that Wonder Woman brought in an audience that was 52% female vs. 48% male, 14% of the audience was under the age of 18 and 47% was over the age of 35.
On an international level, the Amazon Princess’ performance was just as strong. She brought in an estimated $122.5 million from 55 markets, which includes a $38 million debut in China — better than Man of Steel, Thor, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Additional openings include the UK ($7.5m), Mexico ($8.4m), South Korea ($8.5m), Brazil ($8.3m), Australia ($4.9m), Russia ($4.8m) and Indonesia ($4.7m).
Wonder Woman’s earnings won’t stop there. She still has France to conquer next week, Germany on June 15, Spain on June 23, Japan sometime in August.
Go slay, princess.
Source: Box Office Mojo