Wonder Woman Dominates The Weekend, Captain Underpants Comes In Distant Second

– by Joseph Medina

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of June 04, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

By this time, you’re probably more than aware that Wonder Woman exceeded all sorts of expectations this past weekend when it, not only surprised critics and fans with its amazing quality, but with its ridiculous box office performance. Weeks ago, it was speculated that the film would only take in around $65 million domestically, but it went above and beyond, taking in $100.5 million, securing its place as the highest grossing opener for a film directed by a woman. Wonder Woman also received an A CinemaScore, meaning audiences that went to see it pretty much got exactly what they wanted out of the flick. This is usually a sign that a movie will have a long life in theaters, but we’ll have to see is that comes to fruition, as Universal's The Mummy is set to hit theaters this coming weekend, already hoping to pull away some big blockbuster dollars.

But of course, as amazing Wonder Woman was, it wasn’t the only film in theater this weekend. Coming in in a distant second was the Captain Underpants movie, which made a modest $23.5 million. Given that it’s a DreamWorks film, it may seem like quit the underperformance, but that isn’t quite the case. While DreamWorks is well known for their blockbuster-esque animated films (like Pixar and Disney), they opted to try a new experiment with Captain Underpants — making a relatively low budget animated film. The movie, according to THR, was made for $38 million. With that in mind, this seems well on its way to making back its money, especially once the film hits streaming services and home video.

In third place, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men tell No Tales made $21.6 million, dropping a substantial 65.7 percent from its opening weekend. It’d be easy to paint this one as a failure, but worldwide, it’s already cracked $500 million, and as such, it likely well on its way to making its money, if it hasn’t already. Take into account the life it’ll have after home video, as well as the extra life it’ll inject into merch and Disney theme parks, and I’d still call this one a success, albeit one where the diminishing returns of investment are evident.

Now let’s take a look at everything from a more worldwide perspective.

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Using her super powers to create powerful box office numbers around the world, Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman enjoys a fantastic $223 million global debut that was bigger than even the most generous projections and puts the DC Comics brand on a newly reinvigorated path to critical and box office success. Notably, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales crosses the $500 million mark worldwide this weekend while Universal’s The Fate of the Furious is on track to raise its international total to $1.004 Billion.”

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, June 04, are below.

  1. Wonder Woman - Warner Bros. - $100.5M
  2. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - 20th Century Fox - $23.5M
  3. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Disney - $21.6M
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Disney - $21.6M
  5. Baywatch - Paramount - $8.5M
  6. Alien: Covenant - 20th Century Fox - $4.0M
  7. Everything, Everything - Warner Bros. - $3.3M
  8. Snatched - 20th Century Fox - $1.3M
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul - 20th Century Fox - $1.2M
  10. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - Warner Bros. - $1.2M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, June 04, are below.

  1. Wonder Woman - Warner Bros. - $223.0M
  2. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Disney - $95.4M
  3. Baywatch - Paramount Pictures - $32.3M
  4. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - 20th Century Fox - $24.2M
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Disney - $14.1M
  6. Dangal - UTV Comm - $8.8M
  7. Alien: Covenant - 20th Century Fox - $7.7M
  8. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - Warner Bros. - $4.9M
  9. Warriors of the Dawn - FXIP - $4.1M
  10. Doraemon: Great Adventure in the Antarctic - Chinadig - $3.9M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo, THR

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