Patty Jenkins, the director of the critical revered Wonder Woman will now go down in history as one of the first woman to make a critically and financially successful summer blockbuster. The new chapter in the DCEU made $103 million; $20 million more than what Warner Bros. had early estimated its earnings. With a budget of $149 million, just in its opening weekend the movie can already be deemed a major triumph. Be sure to read our very own four-star review! Fifty Shades of Grey‘s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, held the record previously at just over $85 million.
In second place comes the disappointing returns for the film version of the popular children’s book, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. The animated newcomer reigned in just shy of $29 million. Despite ringing in at second, the film is a colossal misfire when compared to other animated features with similar casts and budget. Last year’s Trolls took in +$17 million more in its first three days.
The rest of the weekend’s top five was dismal, with Wonder Woman absorbing 55% of the total domestic gross.
Wonder Woman – $103 million
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $29 million
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tells No Tales – $22 million
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $9.8 million
Baywatch – $8.7 million