– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Wonder Woman is off to one hell of a start in its opening weekend, taking in a stunning $11 million in Thursday night preview screenings alone. For a comparison, the first Guardians of the Galaxy took in $11.2 million in Thursday previews, and Beauty and the Beast took in $16.3 million, and they went on to make $94 million and $174 million, respectively, in their opening weekends.

Obviously, Wonder Woman won’t be touching Beauty and the Beast with its ridiculous box office opening weekend, but Guardians of the Galaxy looks to be a more fair comparison. With its $94 million take in its first weekend, it seems to fall in line with predictions of Wonder Woman taking in $95 million. But we think the film may even outperform those expectations.

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While $11 million is a solid start for the weekend, the fact is that word of mouth among fans is really starting to gain momentum. The DC Extended Universe has been one that’s had a hard time gaining traction when it comes to fan and critical approval, so in the eyes of some, it’s starting with a bit of an uphill battle. If fans are in agreement with critics, and this ends up being a crowd-pleaser, it may very well perform better as the weekend goes on.

Couple that with the fact that Wonder Woman has an amplified interest from women, and virtually no real competition this weekend, it may very well surprise us all with a $100 million-plus opening. This is a far cry from those $65 million figures that were being pushed a few weeks back. Let’s hope that it forges a new path ahead for the DCEU!

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.