Thursday, May 11, 2017

WONDER WOMAN is Projecting For the DCEU's Smallest U.S. Opening at $65 Million

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Don't kill the messenger here as we are only reporting the news. The reason we say this is because the first U.S. opening weekend projection has emerged (via THR) and it is not looking as big as it should for WONDER WOMAN.

The first female-led super hero movie in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is tracking for a $65 million opening, domestically. This is a low number when you consider the fact that the U.S. opening for all three previous DCEU films brought in at least $116 million each, or more.

Here's the DCEU domestic opening weekends: MAN OF STEEL opened with $116M, BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE took in $166M and SUICIDE SQUAD tallied $133M.

And to give you more perspective on this $65M opening prediction, here's some comparable super hero films that recently opened in this similar range: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE ($65M), THOR ($65M), CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER ($65M), ANT-MAN ($57M) and THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE ($53M).

WONDER WOMAN is supposed to be the beacon of light signaling good change is coming to the DCEU. But with this level of low opening numbers it will only bring more drama talk and that's the last thing the studio needs since all three of their previous DCEU films have all been shrouding in some form of drama. Of course, International numbers will help and WONDER WOMAN could make up for lower domestic numbers by performing very well overseas.

Let's not freak out just yet as projections should improve as hype builds before its release. (Fingers crossed.)

WONDER WOMAN opens in the U.S. on June 2.

[Box office numbers sourced from BoxOfficeMojo.]


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