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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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.