While this weekend’s box office didn’t have much good news for studios, it did bring another bragging right to Wonder Woman, as Diana’s origin became the fifth highest grossing superhero film of all time. Hitting a domestic gross of $409.1 million on its 95th day of release, the film has passed Captain America: Civil War ($408m) and narrowly edged out Iron Man 3 ($409m even) to enter the top five. Wonder Woman only trails The Dark Knight Rises ($448m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459m), The Dark Knight ($534m) and The Avengers ($623m).
Wonder Woman’s return to Imax theatres in recent weeks helped boost its numbers, but the real key is its staying power. According to experts, Wonder Woman has had the leggiest box office run ever for a film whose three-day opening weekend grossed over $100 million. While her predecessors in the DCEU, Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, both suffered major drops in the second weekends, Wonder Woman’s grosses have remained healthy, making it the summer season’s biggest hit.
This serves as the crown jewel of a highly successful year for Warner Bros., which thus far also boasts moderate to large successes with The Lego Batman Movie, Kong: Skull Island, Dunkirk, and Annabelle: Creation, with Justice League and The Lego Ninjago Movie still to come. True, the studio also released the summer’s biggest flop, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but the studio has enjoyed more winners than losers.
Fifth highest grossing for how long?
While Wonder Woman has made its way into the top five, her stay there may be short lived. Fans of the Amazon princess only have to wait another two months and change to see her again in Justice League, and depending on how Joss Whedon’s reshoots have gone, Diana teaming up with Batman and the others has a chance to surpass her solo outing. And even if it doesn’t, Avengers: Infinity War is just around the corner, and Marvel Studios’ capstone to a decade of interconnected film franchises seems sure to set records.
However, for now Wonder Woman has made the top five, and without adjusting for inflation, is the highest grossing superhero origin story of all time, and those two facts together should help end the notion that a female superhero can’t conquer the box office.
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