‘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

Last Updated: June 11, 2017 @ 4:29 PM

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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