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Wonder Woman has been on of constantly moving goal posts. Prior to release, I was hopeful that the film would open to around $85-$95 million, right in line with the likes of Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After it opened with $103.251m, I was hopeful that it would play like an upper-level MCU movie (in terms of post-debut legs) and leg it to $280m domestic. And then as the weekday numbers led to a shockingly low (-43%) second-weekend drop, I started looking at The Jungle Book ($103m opening/$363m domestic total) and The Secret Life of Pets ($104m/$368m) as best-case-scenario comparisons.

Axar.az reports citing Forbes.

But the picture refused to slow down, not against disappointing biggies like The Mummy and Transformers: The Last Knight, not against relatively solid animated sequels (Cars 3, Despicable Me 3) and not against relatively high-quality and/or crowd-pleasing summer fare like Baby Driver, Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes and Dunkirk. Wonder Woman acted like it was the only big movie in the marketplace, and now we’re at a point where it’s no longer “Will Wonder Woman top $400 million in North America?” but rather “Can it pass The Hunger Games, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3 and take a run at Toy Story 3’s $415m domestic total?”

Is that likely? Eh, but it wasn’t “likely” that the Gal Gadot/Chris Pine superhero movie would be edging toward $400 million domestic less than two months after a $103.251m opening weekend. And it wasn’t likely that the picture would still be playing on 1,600 screens and dropping just 23% in its ninth weekend of domestic release. One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed doing these daily updates, aside from the consistently solid traffic and the fact that these updates made a lot of folks very happy in a relatively grim time, is that I’ve enjoyed watching the goal posts move back again and again as the Patty Jenkins picture just wouldn’t slow down.

The film is already the second-leggiest $100m+ opener ever, behind Shrek 2 (which opened on a Wednesday). If it makes it to $409m, it’ll be the leggiest “opened on a Friday” movie ever (ahead of Inside Out) for an $80m+ debut weekend. Among all “opened on a Friday” $60m+ openers, it ranks behind only Inside Out ($356m/$90m), Avatar ($749m/$77m), Zootopia ($341m/$75m), Finding Nemo ($339m/$70m), Up ($293m/$68m), Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe ($291m/$65m), Monsters, Inc. ($255m/$62m) and Cars ($244m/$60m). This is the kind of leggy, zeitgeist-capturing/water-cooler conversation dominating multiplex release that made me into a box office junkie in the first place. So yeah, these updates are partially for me.

Anyway, the film earned another $3.54 million (-23%) in its ninth domestic weekend, bringing its total to $395.444m. That’s a bigger ninth weekend and smaller drop than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, although that 2002 Blockbuster's 59-day total ($395.8m) is slightly higher. But, barring a fluke, this is the week that it catches up to Spider-Man for good and crosses $400m domestic. In terms of worldwide grosses, it now sits with at least $785m worldwide, putting it above Deadpool ($783m in 2D, sans China and with an R-rating) and Spider-Man 2 ($784m back in 2004). The only overseas question is how well it performs in Japan in about a month from now. So it’ll either be just over $800m total or way over $800m total.

Axar.az reports citing Forber.But the picture refused to slow down, not against disappointing biggies like The Mummy and Transformers: The Last Knight, not against relatively solid animated sequels (Cars 3, Despicable Me 3) and not against relatively high-quality and/or crowd-pleasing summer fare like Baby Driver, Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes and Dunkirk. Wonder Woman acted like it was the only big movie in the marketplace, and now we’re at a point where it’s no longer “Will Wonder Woman top $400 million in North America?” but rather “Can it pass The Hunger Games, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3 and take a run at Toy Story 3’s $415m domestic total?”

Is that likely? Eh, but it wasn’t “likely” that the Gal Gadot/Chris Pine superhero movie would be edging toward $400 million domestic less than two months after a $103.251m opening weekend. And it wasn’t likely that the picture would still be playing on 1,600 screens and dropping just 23% in its ninth weekend of domestic release. One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed doing these daily updates, aside from the consistently solid traffic and the fact that these updates made a lot of folks very happy in a relatively grim time, is that I’ve enjoyed watching the goal posts move back again and again as the Patty Jenkins picture just wouldn’t slow down.

The film is already the second-leggiest $100m+ opener ever, behind Shrek 2 (which opened on a Wednesday). If it makes it to $409m, it’ll be the leggiest “opened on a Friday” movie ever (ahead of Inside Out) for an $80m+ debut weekend. Among all “opened on a Friday” $60m+ openers, it ranks behind only Inside Out ($356m/$90m), Avatar ($749m/$77m), Zootopia ($341m/$75m), Finding Nemo ($339m/$70m), Up ($293m/$68m), Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe ($291m/$65m), Monsters, Inc. ($255m/$62m) and Cars ($244m/$60m). This is the kind of leggy, zeitgeist-capturing/water-cooler conversation dominating multiplex release that made me into a box office junkie in the first place. So yeah, these updates are partially for me.

Anyway, the film earned another $3.54 million (-23%) in its ninth domestic weekend, bringing its total to $395.444m. That’s a bigger ninth weekend and smaller drop than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, although that 2002 Blockbuster's 59-day total ($395.8m) is slightly higher. But, barring a fluke, this is the week that it catches up to Spider-Man for good and crosses $400m domestic. In terms of worldwide grosses, it now sits with at least $785m worldwide, putting it above Deadpool ($783m in 2D, sans China and with an R-rating) and Spider-Man 2 ($784m back in 2004). The only overseas question is how well it performs in Japan in about a month from now. So it’ll either be just over $800m total or way over $800m total.

Date
2017.08.02 / 17:31
Author
Isko Babazade
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