BOX OFFICE REPORT
June 2-4, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Wonder Woman||$100.5 million|
|Captain Underpants||$23.5 million|
|Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Men Tell No Tales
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||$9.7 million|
Amidst all the online anger, negativity and skepticism, Wonder Woman delivered a record-setting debut. The DC property – and first time this character has had its own film on the big screen – opened with an estimated $100.5 million. While that's not as big as any of the other DC Extended Universe films, that's far and away the biggest debut by a female director ever, with a shot at the highest-grossing live-action movie by a female director as well. It also had much more positive critical and audience reaction than any of those films, which all ended up with more than $300 million (except Man of Steel, which came very close). With all the momentum, it's not clear exactly what its ceiling will be, but this is definitely one of 2016's biggest success stories.
Captain Underpants – which bears the presumptive subtitle The First Epic Movie – took a respectable No. 2 (pun intended). Its $23.5 million isn't the world-beater of a Pixar movie or a surprise hit like The Secret Life of Pets, but it's unlikely to be as expensive as some of the bigger animated titles, so home video is likely where it will make the most money.
That was still more than enough to send the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film to third place. It's not going to even sniff the underperforming On Stranger Tides, though it's already over half a billion dollars worldwide. Guardians of the Galaxy closed out a month in the top five, with more than $355 million earned. Baywatch fell to No. 5, and like every comedy this year, has yet to cross $50 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Exception, another WWII espionage movie. It averaged $11,669 on its pair of screens.
- Churchill, the first of two biopics we'll get this year about the British Prime Minister, failed to ignite interest. Despite a major turn from Brian Cox, the film couldn't even top half a million dollars on 200+ screens.
- It was a good week for female directors on the indie scene as well. The rom-com Band Aid averaged $10,500 on its three screens.
The Mummy tries to kick off Universal's Dark Universe, but I think it's not going to be the monster they hope. I think Tom Cruise is still probably good for $50 million, but that might not even be enough for No. 1. I think Wonder Woman holds shockingly well at $55 million.