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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: A SENSE OF WONDER

The first female-superhero blockbuster has come to save the day, at least as far as Hollywood’s concerned. Soaring on stellar word of mouth and rhapsodic reviews, Wonder Woman posted a dazzling $100.5m U.S. (and $122m internationally) in its opening weekend—surely enough to buy its creators an invisible jet—and setting a record for a feature directed by a woman. Given the project’s $149m budget, Warner Bros. Pictures and WW will be in the black shortly.

Another debuting superhero, Fox’s Captain Underpants, also hit great heights, stuffing $23.5m in its cinematic shorts (considerably ahead of projections).

Disney’s lamentably reviewed new Pirates installment plunged nearly 66% in its second week, while the studio’s Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy 2 dipped 54% in its fifth week—but the latter’s total take has nearly doubled its $200m budget. 

  1. Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.) $100.5m 4,165/$24,131 avg. (debut)
  2. Captain Underpants (Fox) $23.5m 3,434/$6,843 avg. (debut)
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Buena Vista) $21.6m 4,276/$5,054 avg. (week 2)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Buena Vista) $9.7m 3,507/$2,775 avg. (week 5)
  5. Baywatch (Paramount) $8.5m 3,647/$2,331 avg. (week 2)

Meanwhile, in indie land, the IFC musical comedy Band Aid (which also boasts a female director, Zoe Lister-Jones) scored an impressive $10.5k per screen in limited release, while WWII thriller The Exception earned $11.7k on two screens.

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It's De-Lovely. (12/7a)
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CHESTNUTS
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