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Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Has Topped $400 Million In North America – Forbes

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And now it’s super-duper official. Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s Wonder Woman earned another $395,000 yesterday, which was a drop of just 31% from last Tuesday. And that brings its domestic total up to $400.223 million in North America after 68 days of domestic release. So, yes, Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns’ Wonder Woman is the 27th movie to gross more than $400m domestic in its theatrical lifetime. Among “didn’t need a re-release” titles, it is one of the slowest such offerings, behind only Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (74 days), The Hunger Games (8o days) and Frozen (155 days). Of course, it’s also the leggiest “opened on a Friday” $100m+ opener of all time, so potato/patato. It should top the $400.7m domestic total of Frozen either tomorrow or Friday, but that’s for another day.

Yes, it is the biggest-grossing movie of the summer in North America. And yes, it is the biggest movie ever in North America and worldwide (it’s at around $795 million globally) helmed by a solo female director. Heck, among anything helmed by a woman, it sits only behind Frozen (co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck) and its $1.27 billion global cume. As big as Wonder Woman may be in Japan when it opens on the 25th, it isn’t going to clear $1.27b worldwide. The question is whether it plays enough like Maleficent ($63m in 2014) to make a run at challenging the $873m global cume of Batman v Superman, but we’ll cross that bridge if-and-when.

In terms of milestones, the film still has to pass Spider-Man ($403 million in 2002), which will likely happen around Monday, after which it will be (not adjusted for inflation) the biggest non-sequel comic book superhero movie ever in North America. If it gets to $410m, which is a long shot unless it ends up in the Oscar race, it will be past Iron Man 3 ($409m) and Captain America: Civil War ($408m) to be the fifth-biggest comic book superhero movie ever behind the two Dark Knight sequels and the first two Avengers movies. And, truth be told, it is merely one huge win in what may shape up to be a pretty solid year for Warner Bros.

After a couple of years of “Can this studio be saved?!” hand-wringing, most of it due to the poor reception of Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the Dream Factory may yet have a pretty spectacular 2017. They got off to a bumpy start, with smaller-scale movies like Fist Fight, CHiPs and Unforgettable more-or-less tanking and Ben Affleck’s Live By Night earned just $22m worldwide on a $60m budget. Sure, Going in Style made $84 million worldwide on a $25m budget, but they didn’t quite have the run of small-scale hits that personified their New Line offerings this time last year. But they have done pretty well with the big movies.

Yes, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was a disaster, but that was a long-delayed misfire that was essentially put out to pasture in the worst possible release date. But Kong: Skull Island earned good reviews and a leggy $168 million domestic/$566m worldwide theatrical run and The LEGO Batman Movie earned good reviews and a $300m+ worldwide cume on an $80m budget. The House was a whiff, but they followed up Wonder Woman with Chris Nolan’s Dunkirk, which looks to be the summer’s biggest non-superhero/non-animated hit and one of the very biggest such movies in a while.

And they’ve got two big horror movies from New Line, Annabelle: Creation on Friday and It next month, and it’s no secret that I think the Stephen King adaptation could go (relatively) supernova. If The LEGO Ninjago Movie can pull in better-than-Storks numbers, if Blade Runner 2049 (which they are merely distributing in North America) can pull decent reviews and if Geostorm can avoid being a total train wreck, then it’s all up to Justice League in November. A lot of the discussion concerning Warner Bros. has been about behind-the-scenes scuffles and micromanaging. But truth be told, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them went off without a hitch (and earned $814 million worldwide), the LEGO movies are well-received and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Skull Island looked and felt like a singular action adventure movie from a singular filmmaker. If Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s Justice League works as surface-level entertainment, it will do wonders for the studio’s reputation as a reactionary micromanager.

Of course, thanks to Wonder Woman and Dunkirk, Justice League can afford to underwhelm (artistically) and merely exist as a blip on an otherwise successful year. That’s the gift of the Gal Gadot movie. Her character and the popularity of her movie has made Justice League a safer bet while also making it less vital of a picture in the studio’s big picture. Thanks to Wonder Woman, Justice League isn’t the be-all/end-all for the studio. Oh, and if It makes a gazillion dollars, well, all the better. Maybe they can put Pennywise in Justice League 2

Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Has Topped $400 Million In North America – Forbes

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