Weekend box office: Wonder Woman lassos the top spot
After years of development and clamoring from fans, we finally got to see WONDER WOMAN (click the link to read our review) at the weekend box office. And judging by the domestic box office numbers, it looks like fans were pretty pleased with the outcome. WONDER WOMAN didn’t reinvent the superhero genre, but it proved what most of us knew all along; a female superhero can carry a movie and a superhero film done by a team that cares and understands the source material will do much better than a film from a team just looking to film action scenes. To put it in perspective, WONDER WOMAN’s opening haul will end up beating movies like BATMAN BEGINS, DOCTOR STRANGE, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and many others. The only other new movie of the weekend was CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, which came in second place, clearly taking advantage of the lack of kids movies at the box office.
Next week will pit Tom Cruise against Wonder Woman as we see if Universal’s plans for a connected monster universe pay off. THE MUMMY is set to hit theaters and as much as I like Tom Cruise in just about anything, I’m not sure director Alex Kurtzman has proven himself capable of starting a franchise. But the trailers look good and I think Cruise can still bring people to the theater, so I’m guessing THE MUMMY will give WONDER WOMAN a run for its money and might even narrowly beat it. But the movie to keep an eye on is IT COMES AT NIGHT, mainly because it’s a well reviewed horror movie coming out at a time when there are no other horror movies to compete with. I don’t think it will do well enough for the top two spots, but it might sneak into the top five. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Wonder Woman $98m
2. Captain Underpants $25.1m
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $22.3m
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 $9.6m
5. Baywatch $7.8m
6. Alien: Covenant $4m
7. Everything, Everything $3m
8. Snatched $1.3m
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul $1.2m
10. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword $1m