The latest flick “Wonder Woman” topped the box office in the United States and crossed the $100 million barriers in revenue, according to preliminary figures released Sunday by “Exhibitor Relations”.
Long after male characters like Superman, Batman, Iron Man and even Aquaman or Ant-Man made the jump from the comics to the big screen and 76 years after the comic appeared the film had a successful debut and garnered 100.5 million in its first weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
The Warner Bros and DC Comics film had generated a great deal of expectation, in part because of a positive review, which is not so common for a superhero movie: it obtained a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Wonder Woman was also helped by the fact that the main role of the Amazon Princess Diana is played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, known for her role in the saga “Fast and Furious”.
The $100.5 million proceeds also helped Patty Jenkins achieve the highest number for a local movie director in her first weekend.
And also placed this film well above the second place, also a release, “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” which grossed $23.5 million.
“Underpants,” an animated film by Fox, is a different kind of superhero movie. Based on Dav Pilkey’s popular series of children’s books, it tells the story of two students who use hypnosis to convince their school principal that he is a superhero.
In third place was the Disney film “The Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge”, the fifth installment of this series with Johnny Depp as the leading star. He raised $21.6 million, just slightly more than he achieved last week.
Fourth was another Disney production, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” with 9.7 million. This film has grossed 355.5 million in the US market since its debut on May 5.
“Baywatch,” a production of Paramount with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron that tells the story about a bronzed and very fit lifeguard who discovers a criminal plot, raised 8.5 million and was in fifth place.
The rest of the first ten seats were distributed as follows:
6 – Alien: Covenant (USD 4 million)
7 – Everything, everything (USD 3.3 million)
8 – Snatched (USD 1.3 million)
9 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (USD 1.2 million)
10 – King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword (USD 1.2 million)