Add “impervious box office numbers” to the list of Wonder Woman’s super powers.
The Patty Jenkins-directed film Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, has just taken the top spot for highest North American box office hold of any superhero movie, dethroning Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man from 2002. DC Films’ smash summer hit is still going strong after its seventh week out — a rarity for even the biggest blockbusters, but a true achievement for a superhero film.
While it’s soon-to-be $390 million earnings only makes it the eighth highest grossing superhero flick, the movie’s opening weekend earned $103.3 million, meaning it has earned 3.6 times that number since. This places it ahead of other superheroes with super shelf lives like Guardians of the Galaxy (which earned 3.5 times its premiere earnings) and The Dark Knight.
“It feels like Wonder Woman will play all the way through August,” Warner Bros.’ President of Domestic Distribution Jeff Goldstein said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “Right now, the movie is still in about 3,000 locations. Usually, the theater count would be a fraction of that at this point.”
Despite the abundance of record-smashing opening weekends, super-powered blockbusters’ ticket sales often plummet in the following weeks. Take DC’s last release, Suicide Squad, which had an incredible $133.7 million opening weekend that ended up accounting for nearly half of its overall domestic earnings.
Wonder Woman already has several milestones under its belt, including being the top grossing female-directed film worldwide and Warner Bros.’ third highest grossing film domestically (right behind Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises). On top of all this, Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, even congratulated the god killing Amazonian princess on her success.
— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) July 11, 2017
“When critics and audiences are on the same page, you can pretty much bet the box office will be supercharged for the long haul,” Jeff Bock, a box office analyst, said. “Wonder Woman is also a vehicle of female empowerment, something we don’t regularly see in the superhero genre, and that has made it a very unique property this summer.”
Starring Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, Wonder Woman is currently screening in theaters.
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