When Wonder Woman first debuted in theaters a few weeks ago, it took the world by surprise. The film dominated the box office for two weeks straight, and hit the worldwide gross of $500 million this past weekend.
But where does the film's box office performance stack in the larger pantheon of superhero films? Pretty well, according to a recent report.
CapelessCrusader's Murphy Leigh analysed Wonder Woman's recent box office performance - specifically, it's week-to-week drop - and found that it could end its theatrical run as one of the top ten highest grossing superhero films.
According to the site, the film had the lowest second-weekend drop of any superhero film since 2011's Thor, with 43.3%. Considering the amount of buzz the film had generated, that drop would have been expected by some - but Leigh argues that it offers insight into how the film will do over its theatrical run.
"The weekend drops for this film are important, because they allow us to project further sales for this film. A 29.5% third weekend drop followed. These drops are uncommonly good; similarly, the week-to-week drop of 41.8% is phenomenal. These kinds of drops put it in the realm of Spider-Man, Batman, Batman Begins, and Thor.
So, to project the way the film may perform overall, I looked at averages of weekly drops for those four movies and used that average to determine drops for the first ten weeks. My ten-week domestic total for Wonder Woman came to $374.5 million; considering the 48%/52% split in the current domestic/foreign grosses, that meant the world wide gross projection was $780 million.
Domestically, that puts Wonder Woman at #9 in the rankings for comic book movies, edging Spider-Man 2 down to #10. Worldwide, the film would rank at #12 at ten weeks."
While Leigh asserts that the numbers aren't exact, they certain pose a very interesting possibility. If Wonder Woman's impressive box-office does in deed continue, there's a very good chance the film could outperform even more outputs of the superhero film genre.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and is written by Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), Danny Huston, Ewen Bremmer, Doutzen Kroes, Samantha Jo (Euboea), Florence Kasumba (Senator Acantha), Said Taghmaoui, Eleanor Matsuura (Epione), Emily Carey (Young Diana), and Lisa Loven Kongsli (Menalippe).