‘Wonder Woman’ Soars to the Top of the Box Office

Wonder Woman” easily reached the number 1 spot at the box office this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

The superhero film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, earned an estimated $100 million domestically in its debut. Around the world, the Princess of Themyscira added another $122 million, for a total opening weekend of approximately $223 million. “Wonder Woman” had the seventh highest opening for a female-led action film. It follows only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and all of the “Hunger Games” films. With an estimated budget of $149 million, “Wonder Woman” easily earned back its budget and more in its first three days. It is already the 12th highest grossing film of 2017.

Also opening this weekend was the animated film, “Captain Underpants: First Epic Movie.” Based on a series of books, “Captain Underpants” started out in second place with $23 million. It didn’t do much business overseas, and budget information isn’t available, so it’s unclear whether this opening was good or bad. It is, however, one of the lowest debuts for a DreamWorks Animation film.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” fell sharply in its second week. The fifth film in the “Pirates” franchise added $21 million domestically, but dropped 65% from opening weekend.

In fact, this week’s numbers 3-7 were last week’s 1-5. Maintaining their order, but dropping down a few spots were “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” in fourth and “Baywatch” in fifth. “Alien: Covenant” and “Everything, Everything” fell out of the top 5, moving into sixth and seventh place. “Snatched” moved into the eight spot. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” went into ninth place. And, likely making its last appearance in the top ten was “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”

The coming week sees the opening of the monster movie “The Mummy,” and the horror film “It Comes at Night.”

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