Monday, June 5, 2017

'Wonder Woman' conquers the weekend box office plus Tina Guo playing the 'Wonder Woman' theme

I made a promise and a prediction in the footnote to The Weather Channel tells off Trump for leaving climate agreement.
I'll post about "Wonder Woman" on Monday instead.  I predict the movie will gross at least $90 million dollars over the weekend.  Check back then to see if that prediction comes true.
When I first typed out that sentence, I had the goal as $100 million and decided to lower it by $10 million just to be safe.  It turns out that I should have left it at $100 million, as Wochit Entertainment reports Wonder Woman Sets Box Office Record.

New York — Wonder Woman conquered milestones and movie myths at North American theatres, where the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film powered its way to a $100.5m debut this weekend and became the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman. The well-reviewed movie easily surpassed industry expectations with one of the summer's biggest debuts, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior princess, Wonder Woman is the rare — and most successful — female-led film in an overwhelmingly male superhero landscape.
Then again, maybe not, as I had only $500,000 to spare.

The video summarizes the significance of the film quite well, but if my readers want more, they should read The Hollywood Reporter's 'Wonder Woman' Is a Milestone, But It Shouldn't Be.  For once, DC/Warner Brothers gets ahead of Marvel/Disney with a critically acclaimed female-led superhero movie.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the weekend's top ten at the box office plus Tina Guo playing the "Wonder Woman" theme.

The headline may read Box office report: Wonder Woman leaps to No. 1, smashes records at Entertainment Weekly, but the article did run down the rest of the top ten movies.
In second place at the box office is DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. The animated feature — which is based on Dave Pilkey’s best-selling book series — brought in an estimated $23.5 million from 3,434 locations. The film sees Jumanji‘s Kevin Hart and Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch voice best friends and devoted pranksters George and Harold, who hypnotize their mean elementary school principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s Captain Underpants, a hero from a comic book. Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, and Kristen Schaal also lend their voices as the evil Professor Pippy P. Poopypants, his sidekick (and George and Harold’s nemesis) Melvin Sneedly, and Edith the lunch lady.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes in third at the weekend box office, with an estimated $21.6 million, with a 65.7 drop in earnings in what is now its second weekend. This brings the Disney movie’s overall domestic haul to $114.6 million. However, the film, which sees Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow, continues to fare well overseas having earned $73.8 million, bringing its worldwide earnings just over the $500 million mark.

In fourth and fifth place are Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Baywatch with an estimated $9.7 million and $8.5 million, respectively. This brings Guardians‘ impressive domestic earnings to $355 million (after six weeks), while Baywatch sees a 54.1 percent drop in its domestic box office earnings for an estimated domestic haul of $41.7 million. The R-rated comedy, which starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, and Priyanka Chopra, received largely negative reviews and a lukewarm audience reception (B+ on CinemaScore).
6 – Alien: Covenant – $4 million
7 – Everything, Everything – $3.3 million
8 – Snatched – $1.3 million
9 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – $1.2 million
10 – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $1.17 million
Between "Wonder Woman" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," along with a Spiderman movie, "Justice League," and the next Avengers movie, this will be an especially good year for superhero movies.  I'm not so sure about science fiction and fantasy.  I expect both "Alien: Covenant" and especially "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" will earn Razzie nominations.  As for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," I plan on including something about it in tomorrow's entry.

Finally, as I promised in Another 'Pirates of the Caribbean' alignment chart plus Hans Zimmer and Tina Guo in concert, here is Tina Guo playing the Wonder Woman theme.

Rock on, Tina!

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