Alth0ugh still nearly two months away from release, “Wonder Woman” is on a path to earn $83 million in its opening weekend in North America. According to long-term projections by BoxOfficePro, the Warner Bros. will likely finish its domestic theatrical run with about $225 million.
While those are both impressive figures, they would be the lowest to date of any releases in the fledgling DC Extended Universe.
The studio’s shared superhero universe officially began in 2013 with director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which opened with $116 million on its way to a $291 million U.S. total. It continued last year with Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which introduced Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and kicked off its $330 million domestic run with a $166 million debut weekend. Director David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” bowed in August with $133.7 million before ending its North American run with $325 million.
Assessing the film’s pros and cons, BoxOfficePro notes “Wonder Woman” benefits from positive reaction to the character in “Batman v Superman,” social-media buzz and an opening comfortably positioned a month between Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” However, lukewarm response to the previous entries in the DCEU and undoubtedly stiff competition from the likes of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and Universal’s “The Mummy” may work against the Patty Jenkins film.
That said, long-term box office projections aren’t always reliable, and much can change as Warner Bros. cranks up the marketing machine in the weeks before “Wonder Woman’s” release.
“Wonder Woman” tells the story of the Amazon princess who, after discovering the body of American fighter pilot Steve Trevor washed ashore on Themyscira, sets out to bring an early end to World War I.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers … and her true destiny.
Opening June 2, the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui and David Thewlis.