Wonder Woman to whip around $97 million for box office opening

Wonder Woman - Gal Gadot
The DC Extended Universe films like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have been panned by critics while also splitting audiences. With that said, Warner Bros. and DC should be really happy with Wonder Woman right now since it has been getting rave reviews (currently 94% on Rotten Tomatoes) and an A CinemaScore from audiences. The film also had a $38.9 million Friday opening. And it’s projected to gross $97.1 million for its box office opening.

This will mark the biggest opening ever for a female director (Patty Jenkins). Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey originally had that honor. That film had a box office opening of $93 million in 2015 (not adjusted for inflation). And that was during a four-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend.

The usual superhero flicks would garner at least 60% of males in attendance, but with Wonder Woman, the female audience was at 52 percent, according to Warner Bros. CinemaScore revealed that the film appealed more to the older fans with 71% being 25 and older.

The biggest box office opening for a female-led film is, however, still The Hunger Games: Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence. That film opened to $158 million in 2013.

Wonder Woman’s production budget is $149 million plus marketing expenses. So the studio will definitely make its money back in no time. The positive box office is thanks to audiences being hungry for a Wonder Woman film and critical praise. It’s similar to fans craving for the first Batman film starring Michael Keaton back in 1989 or Spider-Man in 2002.

The film follows Amazon warrior Diana Prince who seeks to end World War I with the aid of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). From childhood, she is trained by her aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) against the wishes of her mother, Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen).

Check out our review of the film here.

Source: Deadline, Box Office Mojo, THR

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