UPDATE (10:47 a.m.): Deadline has published its own tracking report, which differs significantly from TheWrap's, indicating Wonder Woman is expected to open domestically in the neighborhood of $65 million, on par with Marvel's Captain America: The First Avengers and Thor, and ahead of Ant-Man. The Hollywood Reporter's figures jibe with Deadline's. Our original story, based on TheWrap's report, continues below.
Warner Bros.' marketing push for Wonder Woman appears to be paying off, as early tracking points to a significant increase in its opening-weekend prospects.
According to TheWrap, independent trackers place director Patty Jenkins' film to debut in June with somewhere between $105 million and $115 million at the North American box office. That's up from just an estimated $83 million a month ago.
The studio would apparently be pleased with anything north of $100 million, which would still be less than the opening weekends of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) and Suicide Squad ($133 million). However, the website notes that figure would put Wonder Woman ahead of recent films released by Marvel Studio outside of May, the traditional start of the summer movie season.
If Wonder Woman were to reach $115 million, the upper end of the revised projections, it would be at the same level of as Man of Steel, which debuted in 2013 with $116.6 million at the U.S. box office. The Zack Snyder film launched what became known as the DC Extended Universe, a superhero slate that has so far proved a struggle for Warner Bros.
TheWrap points out that Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad each experienced a dramatic box-office decline in its second weekend of release, a curse Wonder Woman will have to break if it stands a chance at longer-term success. But it faces serious competition in June from the likes of The Mummy and Cars 3, making an already-difficult task that much harder.
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.