Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Wrecks as ‘Pirates 5’ Plunges
Just about every movie not debuting or expanding in the top 20 took a hit from Wonder Woman this weekend. The fourth film in the DC lineup pulled in $103.2 million in its debut. That’s good for the sixth highest-grossing opening for the month of June and the highest-grossing opening for a female director. Director Patty Jenkins (The Killing, Monster) takes the throne from Sam Taylor-Johnson’s $85.1 million opening for Fifty Shades of Grey from 2015. The rest of the top five consists of Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight ($69.6 million), Elizabeth Banks’ Pitch Perfect 2 ($69.2 million), and Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s Kung Fu Panda 2 ($47.6 million), according to Forbes. The $149 million Gal Gadot superhero flick has already pulled in an additional $125 million from foreign territories.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie opened to $23.8 million. The DreamWorks animation only cost about $40 million to make, a lot less than the likes of the $125 million Boss Baby. To boot, the movie currently holds an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, and received a solid B+ rating from audiences polled by CinemaScore. The movie will need a teeny bit of help from its minimal foreign territory roll-out where the film is steadily releasing until October. The movie should at least pull in some money for DreamWorks unless it unexpectedly tanks. Its biggest domestic competition is Cars 3, which opens June 16.
The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film had the largest second weekend drop in the 14-year-old franchise. Dead Men Tell No Tales plundered $22.0 million (-64.9%) from the box office this weekend. That drop falls behind the 61.5% drop of number three, At World’s End, as well as the 55.8% and 54.0% of the fourth and second installments respectively. The first movie only lost 27.0% of its opening weekend on its second outing. None of them were hit with a Wonder Woman to the fifth one’s credit, but On Stranger Tides was hit with the $85,9 million opening of The Hangover Part II and the $47.6 million opening of Kung Fu Panda 2. Regardless, Pirates 5 — with $115.0 million domestically so far — is already guaranteed to fall way below the last installment’s $241.0 million domestic franchise lowpoint. But, the $230 million movie is already hovering over $508.0 million total with the help from foreign markets.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made $9.8 million (-52.9%) this weekend. The Marvel flick was made for $200 million but has grossed over $817.4 million at the worldwide box office. The first film topped out at $773.7 million in 2014 and takes that film’s title of the fifth highest-grossing Marvel film worldwide. Captain America: Civil War ($1.1 billion) is in an out-of-reach fourth place.
Baywatch fell a steep 52.8% in its second weekend with $8.7 million. With only $41.9 million from domestic audiences and about $26.9 million from foreign crowds, the Dwayne Johnson-Zac Efron comedy isn’t in good shape to cover its $69 million budget. Especially if the film continues this decline.
Ridley Scott’s second Alien followup, Alien: Covenant, continues to hold up dreadfully. After losing a ridiculous 70.6% last weekend from its modest $36.1 million debut, the horror sci-fi film lost 61.2% this weekend for $4.1 million. The movie lost over 1,000 theaters from its massive 3,772 screen debut, which is the fourth biggest release for an R-rated film behind Logan (4,071), American Sniper (3,885) and Deadpool (3,856). Covenant has pulled in $67.3 million domestically against a $97 million budget. Foreign crowds are helping with about $106.7 million so far, but the movie isn’t looking good to cover that budget. When the millions in marketing are also invested, hopefully the sale to foreign territories, TV rights, Blu-rays and whatever else Fox can pull will help out. Excluding the two Alien vs Predator spinoffs, this would be the sixth installment in a 38-year-old franchise.
Everything, Everything grossed $3.3 million (-45.1%) on its third weekend of release. The $10 million drama has pulled in $28.2 million so far. The film is based on the 2015 Nicola Yoon young-adult novel of the same name and stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue from The Hunger Games). Critics currently have the movie at a 46% on Rotten Tomatoes, but CinemaScore polled an A- from their crowds.
The Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy Snatched made $1.3 million (-66.9%) on its fourth weekend. The $42 million film has pulled in $43.8 million domestically and only $10.5 million from other territories. More foreign markets are on the way, but they need to bring a lot for the poorly-received comedy.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul hauled in $1.2 million (-71.2%) on its third weekend. The $22 million film, which is the fourth installment in this series and the first one in five years, has only grossed $24.5 million worldwide.
Finally, Warner Bros’ failure with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is officially offset with the release of Wonder Woman. King Arthur grossed $1.1 million (-64.4%) on its fourth weekend for a lousy $37.1 million domestic total. With a sizable amount more from foreign territories, the film has grossed $130.2 million worldwide. While that’s a large amount of money, it’s not so much when there’s a $175 million budget needed to be covered.
The top ten:
- Wonder Woman – $103.5 million (NEW)
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $23.8 million (NEW)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $22.0 million (-64.9%)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $9.8 million (-52.9%)
- Baywatch – $8.7 million (-52.8%)
- Alien: Covenant – $4.1 million (-61.2%)
- Everything, Everything – $3.3 million (-45.1%)
- Snatched – $1.3 million (-66.9%)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – $1.2 million (-71.2%)
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $1.1 million (-64.4%)
Next weekend sees the release of Universal’s The Mummy, A24’s It Comes at Night and Bleecker Street’s Megan Leavey.
Box office, budget and release date information that is otherwise noted comes from Box Office Mojo.