'Wonder Woman' sets record with $100 million opening


Surpassing studio expectations, Wonder Woman opened to a cool $100.5 million over the weekend, giving the Patty Jenkins-directed feature the highest opening ever for a female-directed film. Word of mouth on this one is strong, with overwhelmingly positive reviews and an A CinemaScore signaling a strong hold in the coming weeks. Wonder Woman was also the weekend’s per-theatre average champ, bringing in $24,131 per screen. Internationally, it opened to $122.5 million in 55 markets, bringing its worldwide cume to $223 million. Release is still forthcoming in several major markets, among them France, Germany, Spain and Japan.

Coming in at number two is DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, slightly overdelivering on studio expectations with a modest $23.5 million. Not a dismal amount, but not great either, especially considering some pretty hefty competition—in the form of Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3—is right around the corner.

In third place is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which sunk like a stone. Its $21.6 million second-weekend gross is nearly a 66% drop from last week’s opening. Still, things are trucking along internationally, as they always do with this franchise. Worldwide, Dead Men Tell No Tales has so far swept up a cool half a billion against a $230 million budget.

Dead Men’s fellow Disney release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes in at number four with a $9.7 million fifth weekend gross, bringing its domestic total to $355.4 million. Worldwide, its cume is $816.6 million, making it the fifth highest-grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.

Rounding out the top five is Baywatch (weekend gross $8.5 million, total gross $41.7 million), which tumbled 54% from last weekend's already unimpressive opening.

The weekend saw two specialty releases on the larger end of the spectrum: Pantelion’s 3 Idiotas, which opened to $600,000 on 349 screens, and Cohen Media Group’s Churchill, with $426,616 on 215 screens. Smaller releases include Dean ($60,366 on 15 screens); Love, Kennedy ($49,300 on 19 screens); Band Aid ($31,500 on three screens); Beautiful Accident ($25,000 on 15 screens); The Exception ($23,337 on two screens); Letters from Baghdad ($18,250 on two screens); Past Life ($16,215 on four screens); and Radio Dreams ($2,053 on one screen).