Mere weeks ago, pre-release tracking placed Woman Woman on a course for a domestic opening weekend of about $65 million. But with the Warner Bros. film arriving in theaters this weekend to glowing reviews, those projections are now significantly more optimistic.
Updated tracking from The Hollywood Reporter has Wonder Woman heading toward a robust $95 million North American debut, placing the Patty Jenkins film in the ballpark of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy ($94 million), as opposed to the previously projected counterpart, 2014’s Captain America: The First Avenger ($65 million).
The wave critical praise appears to be responsible for the revised figures, with Wonder Woman becoming the first release of the DC Extended Universe to be “Certified Fresh” Rotten Tomatoes. The film now carries a 92 percent rating, compared to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with 28 percent, and Suicide Squad with 25 percent.
Despite the enthusiasm for Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. remains more conservative in its opening weekend estimates, eyeing a domestic haul of somewhere between $65 million and $70 million.
Opening Friday nationwide, Wonder Woman stars 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.