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‘Wonder Woman’ Wins 2nd Weekend, Holds Up Better Than ‘Batman v Superman’

”Wonder Woman“ is performing better in its second frame than its DC predecessors

Not only will “Wonder Woman” hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $57.2 million, it’s also bringing in a holdover total higher than its DC predecessors, “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad.”

While “BvS” and “Squad” had much higher opening weekends than “Wonder Woman” when they were released last year — $166 million and $133.6 million, respectively — they both suffered a 67 percent drop-off thanks to poor critical and audience reception, with “BvS” making $51.3 million and “Squad” making $43.5 million.

“Wonder Woman” is seeing the opposite effect, with nearly unanimous critical praise and strong word-of-mouth allowing it to post a second weekend total just 45 percent down from its $103 million opening. With that result, “Wonder Woman” will see its 10-day domestic cume pushed north of $200 million and its worldwide cume pushed past $400 million.

In second is Universal’s “The Mummy,” which has fallen hard at the domestic box office with a $32.2 million opening. The first film in the “Dark Universe” series was cursed with poor word of mouth, scoring 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a B- on CinemaScore, not to mention stiff competition from “Wonder Woman.” As a result, it has been served an opening total lower than any of the Brendan Fraser “Mummy” films, including “The Scorpion King.”

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Strong returns from overseas are helping take some sting out of the rough opening, as “The Mummy” is estimated to finish the weekend with a $174 million global bow. Still, for a film that was supposed to launch a new cinematic universe for Universal, this is not the start they wanted, as an individual with knowledge of the film tells TheWrap that the break-even point for the film sits at around $375 million. The next “Dark Universe” film, Bill Condon’s “Bride of Frankenstein,” is not due out until February 2019, so Universal has time to make a course correction.

Fox/Dreamworks’ “Captain Underpants” takes third this weekend with $12.6 million, putting its domestic cume at $43 million. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” takes $10.7 million in its third frame. Combined with $34.8 million from overseas, the film will cross the $600 million global mark after three weeks in theaters.

Rounding out the top five is A24’s “It Comes at Night,” with an estimated $6 million from 2,533 screens. The horror film received praise from critics but poor word-of-mouth from audiences, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 86 percent and a D from CinemaScore. Bleecker Street’s “Megan Leavey” takes eighth on the weekend with a $3.7 million opening from 1,956 screens.

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