HOLLYWOOD—The expectations for the “Wonder Woman” big screen adaptation were expected to be huge, but I don’t think anyone could have forecast the numbers that the female-centric superhero saga would deliver during its opening weekend. “Wonder Woman” easily nabbed the top spot at the box-office brining in over $100.5 million at the domestic box-office.
Not only does it hold the number one spot, but it made history becoming the largest opening ever for a female director (Patty Jenkins everyone), and the largest opening ever for a female superhero flick. The film managed to take in a global sum over $220 million, and looks like it might be the sleeper hit of the summer people.
Nabbing second place was the animated flick, “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” with a respectable $23.5 million. With so much variety at the multiplex, “Captain Underpants” found a way to peak audience interest. However, things are not looking so good at the box-office for adaptations, sequels and big movie franchises. Last week’s box-office champ, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” tumbled more than 60 percent to only bring in $21.6 million during its second week in theaters. While the flick has crossed the $100 million mark, its apparent audiences might have fatigue for the franchise at this point.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” added another $9.7 million to land in fourth place bringing its domestic total to over $350 million. Rounding out the top five was the TV adaptation “Baywatch” with $8.5 million. “Wonder Woman” might be on cloud nine right now, but it faces a formidable foe next weekend as Tom Cruise and Universal’s reinterpretation of the horror classic “The Mummy” arrives, and I fear it will indeed do big business in theaters.