Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s Wonder Woman earned another $6.885 million in its seventh weekend of release, dropping just 30% despite losing another 347 theaters. That brings the $150 million superhero movie’s domestic total to $380.686m in 45 days. That puts it around $6m behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($386.5m as of today) so it should pass the Walt Disney/Marvel sci-fi sequel by the end of next week (or soon after) to become the summer’s biggest domestic grosser.
And with Spider-Man: Homecoming probably topping out at $295 million at absolute best (horrors, I know) and Despicable Me 3 shooting for $275m as the best-case-scenario (#CanThisFranchiseBeSaved?), I think we can call it. Unless Dunkirk goes insane, Valerian becomes the next Star Wars and/or The Dark Tower becomes the next Fellowship of the Ring (none of these things are likely), Wonder Woman is your summer domestic champion.
At $380.7 million, it is pennies away from passing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($381m in 2011) to become Warner Bros.’ third-biggest domestic grosser ever, behind only The Dark Knight Rises ($448m in 2012 and sans 3D) and The Dark Knight ($534m in 2008 and sans 3D). When that happens, it will also be the biggest 3D movie ever in North America not released by Universal or Walt Disney since 20th Century Fox’s Avatar back in 2009. It’s already the biggest domestic grosser of any movie not released by Universal or Disney since Lionsgate’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424m in late 2013).
Say what you will about the summer season (with the caveat that there are still six weeks left to go), but this does look to be a sharing of the wealth. Warner Bros. has Wonder Woman (and hopefully Dunkirk), Disney has Guardians 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Cars 3 is looking like a whiff, pending overseas breakout), Sony has Spider-Man: Homecoming and Baby Driver and Universal/Comcast Corp. has Despicable Me 3 and The Mummy (over/under $400 million worldwide on a $125m budget ain’t nothing). And relatively speaking, Lionsgate has All Eyez On Me, The Big Sick and possibly The Hitman’s Bodyguard next month.
The only loser, all due respect, is poor Paramount/Viacom Inc. whose Baywatch underperformed in North America (and cost too much) and whose Transformers: The Last Knight is going to be seen as a $550-$600 million disappointment. We’ll see if STX can parlay decent reviews and “You gotta see this on the big-screen!” buzz for Valerian next weekend. But this isn’t a summer that has been overly dominated by Disney and Universal, as we’ve frankly seen over the last two summers. This is closer to 2014, which had smaller overall hits but more of a sharing of the wealth. And that’s a good thing in my opinion.
In terms of worldwide grosses, Wonder Woman has now earned $764.9 million global (it earned $3.3m overseas this weekend), putting it within striking distance of Guardians of the Galaxy ($773m in 2014), Deadpool ($783m with an R-rating, sans 3D and without China) and Spider-Man 2 ($784m in 2004). It has already passed the likes of Amazing Spider-Man ($757m in 2012) and Maleficent ($758m in 2014). Again, $800 million worldwide isn’t a guarantee, but if it catches fire in Japan on August 25th, well, that becomes more plausible every week. Geez, I don’t think I can keep these up for another six weeks…
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