'Wonder Woman' Has Become the Highest Grossing DCEU Movie

Saturday, 01 July 2017 - 12:45PM
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Wonder Woman
Saturday, 01 July 2017 - 12:45PM
'Wonder Woman' Has Become the Highest Grossing DCEU Movie
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While it was easy to predict as soon as the consistently stellar reviews come out, Wonder Woman is now DC Comics' biggest star. At least by box office standards.

Because Wonder Woman has now made more money in the US than any other film in DC's Extended Universe, which so far includes Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad (and Wonder Woman). Currently at $334 million domestically - and that number is likely to increase during the pre-July 4 holiday weekend - that's just ahead of Batman v Superman which ended at $330 million, and higher than Suicide Squad's $325 million and Man of Steel's $291 million.

What makes this even more notable is that Wonder Woman has been in theaters for nearly a month now, having come out June 2, 2017. Batman v Superman hit a similar number after about three months, so Patty Jenkins' superhero movie has some momentum that DC hasn't seen since The Dark Knight almost a decade ago. 

With the DCEU has been grasping to recreate the gritty feel of that movie for ages, maybe an even darker Batman with Ben Affleck wasn't the solution - a less dark movie with a new hero is working well for them (one that's less messy than Suicide Squad), even if that lighter tone wasn't Jenkins' intention when making the movie. Whether DC will continue with that angle remains to be seen with all their new movies: Justice League looks like more of the same, but the solo Aquaman film next year could be brighter if Jason Momoa's snark is any indication.

But it's important to note that Wonder Woman's success is still mostly domestic, because the movie's been sluggish overseas. There have been different attempts to explain why the movie's $670 million worldwide total is so far behind Batman v Superman's whopping $873 million and even Suicide Squad's $745 million. Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein pointed out that origin stories don't do well overseas like they do in America, while others acknowledge that a female superhero is such an unusual concept that it is likely hurting box office sales.

But either way, considering most of DC's other movies had three month runs in movie theaters, Wonder Woman is far from finished just yet. And her role in Justice League is going to give a big boost to that movie now, especially since Warner Bros. still won't admit that Superman is clearly going to appear. You can catch Justice League in theaters November 17, 2017.

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Via: Forbes
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