The hit superhero film “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins and of course starring Gal Gadot, took in another $57.1 million, bringing the total so far to a staggering $205 million domestically. Globally, it’s closing in on half a billion, so this is without question a smash hit. Clayton’s review highlights why this is playing so well, and expectations are this will become DC and Warner Brother’s highest grossing superhero outing since Christopher Nolan moved on from Batman. The superhero origin story easily beat back all competitors. Furthermore, it experienced a tiny second week drop of only 44%. This one has legs, ladies and gentlemen.
Debuting to mediocre at best numbers was “The Mummy,” which at $32.2 million is one of Tom Cruise‘s lesser openings, all things considered. As we stated in our pan of a review, Cruise is wasted and the proposed Dark Universe is off to a bad start. “The Mummy” needed to open way bigger to fuel this cinematic universe. Right now, they claim more are on the way, but if that happens, it’s only due to Cruise’s international box office dominance.
Coming in at number six was A24’s horror offering “It Comes At Night” with just over $6 million. Between this and “The Mummy,” fright flicks got to take up a decent part of multiplexes nationwide. Clayton wrote up a highly positive take on this film here, though audiences haven’t agreed, judging by the atrocious D CinemaScore rating. Critics were into it, but it didn’t translate at the theater.
“Megan Leavey” had a quiet start, just barely cracking the top ten with $3.7 million. It’s an under the radar top notch movie, though audiences weren’t made as aware as they should have been. Outside the top ten, smaller flicks like “Beatriz at Dinner” and “My Cousin Rachel” made under a million. The latter had a decent yet unspectacular haul just outside of the million dark mark, while the former (review here) has the best per theater average during the weekend.
Among platform releases, “The Hero” opened to a solid take of just shy of 50K. The film (rave review here) was buoyed by enthiastic crowds attending Q and A events with filmmaker Bret Haley, co-stars Nick Offerman and Laura Prepon, as well as star Sam Elliott. Yours truly moderated the New York City events with Elliott, Haley, and Prepon. There’s definite enthusiasm for the film out there. Look for it to play well across the country as it expands in the coming weeks.
This week, the new releases of note will include “47 Meters Down,” “All Eyez on Me,” “The Book of Henry,” “Cars 3,” and “Rough Night“.