Wonder Woman about to be No. 1 DC film in U.S. box office

Wonder Woman poster

Wonder Woman is on the verge of being the No. 1 DC Extended Universe movie at the U.S. box office.

The film’s U.S. box office totaled $325,083,830 as of June 27, according to the Box Office Mojo website.

That means Wonder Woman likely will pass 2016’s Suicide Squad ($325,100,054) today. Next up, also from 2016, is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which had U.S. box office of $330,360,194.

The DCEU began with 2013’s Man of Steel, which had U.S. box office of $291,045,518.

Wonder Woman’s global office still lags the other three DCEU films.

The movie’s worldwide total was $660,883,830 as of June 27.

It’s getting close to Man of Steel’s global box office ($668,045,518). Meanwhile the worldwide numbers were $873,260,194 for Batman v Superman and $745,600,054 for Suicide Squad.

Wonder Woman has been a lift for Warner Bros. Both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad received many bad reviews. That wasn’t the case for Wonder Woman, which has a 92 percent “fresh” rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

In the U.S., Wonder Woman hasn’t had the quick box office dropoff experienced by the two 2016 DC movies.

UPDATE (June 30): Wonder Woman surpassed Batman v Superman in U.S. box office on June 29, according to a post by Scott Mendelson on Forbes.com. Its U.S. box office total was $330,529,475 as of June 29, according to Box Office Mojo.

Wonder Woman 2d weekend bests other DC movies

Wonder Woman poster

Wonder Woman, during its second weekend in the U.S., outperformed two 2016 Warner Bros./DC movies.

Wonder Woman’s U.S.-Canada box office totaled $58.2 million for the June 9-11 weekend, according to the Box Office Mojo website. That was a 43 percent decline compared with its opening weekend. That’s a smaller dropoff compared with most films.

By comparison, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a second weekend of $51.3 million (a 69 percent plunge from opening weekend). Suicide Squad’s second weekend totaled $43.5 million (a 67 percent drop).

Both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad opened better than Wonder Woman. But bad reviews and word of mouth contributed to their fast declines at the box office.

By contrast, Wonder Woman received a lot of rave reviews. In March, there were estimates it would have a $65 million opening weekend. It came in at $103.3 million.

As a result, Warner Bros. received a lift as it competes with Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios. The question is whether the good mojo will carry over to Justice League, set to be released in November.

 

Fun with numbers: Most popular Bond in U.S.

Sean Connery in a 007 publicity still

Sean Connery in a 007 publicity still

Consider this post fun with numbers on a holiday: Who was the most popular James Bond in the United States when it comes to getting people to actually pay for a movie ticket?

If you guessed Sean Connery, the original film 007, you’re right and it’s not much of a surprise. But available statistics show how dominant the Scotsman was in the U.S. when it came to Bond movies.

On Box Office Mojo, you can find a list of Bond films by estimated number of tickets sold in the U.S. It has 25 films, the 24 made by Eon Productions plus 1983’s Never Say Never Again.

By that measure, Connery 007 films comprise five of the top 10 Bond movies.

In order: Thunderball (1), Goldfinger (2), You Only Live Twice (4), From Russia With Love (8) and Diamonds Are Forever (9).

In that top 10, two actors are tied at two apiece. Daniel Craig has Skyfall (3) and Casino Royale (10). Pierce Brosnan has Die Another Day (6) and Tomorrow Never Dies (7).

Rounding out the top 10 is Roger Moore with Moonraker (5).

Looking at the list, there’s a surprise or two.

Live And Let Die in 1973 and The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 were big hits globally at the time of their release.

Live And Let Die, Moore’s debut and featuring a Paul McCartney title song, was the first Bond movie to exceed Thunderball at the worldwide box office. Spy re-energized the franchise after the split of producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.

But on the U.S. list of ticket purchases, Spy shows up  at No. 16. It’s edged out by Octopussy at No. 15. Meanwhile, Live And Let Die is No. 17.

Curious about how George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton did? Well, Lazenby’s sole 007 effort, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is No. 21. Dalton’s two Bond films come in at No. 23 (The Living Daylights) and No. 25 (Licence to Kill).

Finally, Connery isn’t completely invincible on this list. Dr. No, the first Bond film (which came to the U.S. in 1963) is No. 19. Never Say Never Again, Connery’s effort to do a Bond without Albert R. Broccoli, is No. 20.

If you’re a James Bond fan in general, or of a specific 007 actor, none of this should really matter.

Even when keeping it to tickets purchased, comparisons across decades are a dicey thing. For example, movie going habits have changed. In the 1960s, people went more often to the movies than they do now.

SEQUEL: 007 movies listed by number of tickets sold

Skyfall's poster image

Skyfall’s poster image

Last year, this blog published a post about how the last eight James Bond movies performed in number of tickets sold in the U.S. and Canada, 1995 to present.

Since that post ran, we now have the final figures for SPECTRE. No major changes in the conclusion. Bond movies  during this period — featuring two different Bond actors, Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan — sold between 23 million and 27 million tickets each.

The one exception was Skyfall with Craig, which was much higher.

Here’s the information again, with one change. Before, we listed the movies sequentially. Here, they’re listed highest to lowest, along with the average ticket price during the year of release. The information is from the BOX OFFICE MOJO website.

Skyfall (2012): 37,842,000/average ticket price $7.96

Die Another Day (2002): 27,584,000/$5.81

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): 26,911,200/$4.59

Casino Royale (2006): 25,428,700/$6.55

The World Is Not Enough (1999): 24,853,800/$5.08

GoldenEye (1995): 24,403,900/$4.35

Quantum of Solace (2008): 23,449,600/$7.18

SPECTRE (2015): 23,001,900/$8.43

 

SPECTRE projected to finally pass $200M in U.S.-Canada

Daniel Craig in SPECTRE's main titles

Daniel Craig in SPECTRE’s main titles

SPECTRE is projected to finally pass the $200 million mark in the U.S. and Canada by the end of today, ACCORDING TO BOX OFFICE MOJO.

The website,which tracks box office performance, estimates the 24th James Bond film will finish the March 18-20 weekend with a cumulative total in the region of $200,002,111.

The movie’s estimated weekend total is $35,000 at just nine theaters, according to a Box Office Mojo chart.

SPECTRE has been in release for 136 days. That’s longer than its predecessor, Skyfall, which generated $304.4 million in U.S.-Canadian box office in 2012-13.

SPECTRE’s estimated worldwide total is $880.5 million.

UPDATE: At midday Saturday, Box Office Mojo listed SPECTRE’s U.S. box office as $3,000 for Friday, March 18. Today, IN THIS CHART,  the website has an estimate of $12,000 for March 18, $17,000 for March 19 and $6,000 for today. Those figures are subject to revision on Monday, when final figures for the weekend are due out.

SPECTRE U.S. box office update

SPECTRE LOGO

Because there are some posters on 007 message boards who are tracking this….

SPECTRE U.S.-Canada box office through March 16: $199,965,235 through Wednesday, March 16, its 132nd day of release.

That means that (through March 16), SPECTRE’s release time is 22 percent longer than Skyfall’s. SPECTRE’s U.S.-Canada box office is about one-third less than Skyfall ($304.4 million).

Source: BOX OFFICE MOJO.

UPDATE (March 18): SPECTRE will be in U.S. theaters for another week, but its theater count is now down to nine from 16. CLICK HERE for a chart.

Also, through March 17, SPECTRE’s U.S.-Canadian box office is $199,967,111. By this point, it seems obvious Sony will keep the movie in release until it passes $200 million no matter how long it takes.

SPECTRE leads Skyfall in one U.S. box office category

Daniel Craig in SPECTRE's main titles

Daniel Craig in SPECTRE’s main titles

We took a deeper look at the U.S.-Canada box office numbers for SPECTRE, comparing them to Skyfall. There is one surprise. All figures via Box Office Mojo.

DAYS IN RELEASE: 129 (and counting), for SPECTRE, 108 for Skyfall.

Or, put another way, the 24th James Bond film has been in U.S.-Canadian theaters three weeks longer than the 23rd.

Since Friday, SPECTRE has been available on 16 screens in the region. Skyfall, in its last weekend in release (Feb. 22-24, 2013) was on 184 screens.

BOX OFFICE TOTALS: $304.4 million for Skyfall. $199,954,501 (estimated as of Sunday) for SPECTRE. The latter includes an estimated $47,000 for the March 11-13 weekend. SPECTRE’s global box office now stands at an estimated $880.4 million.

NUMBER OF TICKETS SOLD U.S.-Canada:  37.842,000 for Skyfall,  22,983,300 for SPECTRE.

Given the box office, that’s not a surprise. This may be: SPECTRE has sold fewer tickets than 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 23,449,600.