A few weeks back, DC’s latest outing, Wonder Woman, was supposedly tracking at around $65 million for its domestic opening. While the opening would have been okay, assuming that the following weekends didn’t drop too hard, it certainly seemed like a disappointing number for a franchise whose previous two films premiered north of $100 million.
All that seemed to change this Monday when early reviews started pouring in. For the longest time, it sat pretty at around 97 percent, and even now with 150 total reviews now in, the film is still at a fantastic 92 percent — meaning that 92 percent of critics so far gave the film a positive review. This comes in stark contrast to Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, both of which rated at less than 30 percent on the review aggregate site.
With Wonder Woman being almost universally praised as the an amazing film, and perhaps the best DC film since The Dark Knight, the narrative seems to have changed tremendously. Suddenly, everything’s coming up Milhouse for them. Now, according to THR, the film appears to be tracking north of $95 million, which is almost a 150% increase that is no doubt a result of the positive reception.
This being the case, Wonder Woman is also on track to be the highest opening ever for a female-directed film, a record previously kept by Fifty Shades of Grey ($81.7 million), which was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Who knows? If fans are as crazy about the film as critics, then the flick may also be the first female-directed project to hit north of $100 million, which would be a HUGE deal.
Of course, the true test here will be how the film performs in successive weekends. Next weekend will already see some stiff competition with Universal’s The Mummy, and if that film also reviews well, it may very well take a chunk out of Wonder Woman’s bottom line. However, in today’s blockbuster-laden landscape, it’s becoming increasingly hard to tell which films will hit with audiences, and which ones won’t.
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