Australian Box Office Report: Wonder Woman conquers the box office, breaking records along the way

After much anticipation, a few misogynistic reports from international screenings and a genuine “please don’t f**k this up” vibe by keen DCEU fans (probably reeling from the Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice debacle), Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, opened this weekend and promptly moved up to top spot on the box office chart, earning $6.76m. It’s the first feature film directed by a female, Patty Jenkins (who also directed 2003’s Monster), to earn more than $100m in its opening weekend in the USA. Rotten Tomatoes has given this a 93% score. So expect its numbers to keep growing.

The other new release this week was Baywatch, rebooted as a comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Whilst it hasn’t been generating rave reviews, it did manage to open at no. 2 at the box office, earning $3.48m in the meantime. It’s the best performing film in 2nd place since Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swan song, Logan, back in March, where it came in 2nd after Kong: Skull Island and made $4.52m.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 WONDER WOMAN WARNER BROS 6,768,064
2 BAYWATCH PARAMOUNT 3,481,131
3 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES WALT DISNEY 2,490,392
4 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 WALT DISNEY 559,675
5 KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD ROADSHOW 473,221
6 VICEROY’S HOUSE TRANSMISSION 354,785
7 JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO STUDIOCANAL 317,243
8 ALIEN: COVENANT FOX 291,418
9 SNATCHED FOX 284,298
10 A DOG’S PURPOSE ENTERTAINMENT ONE 199,698

Wonder Woman pushed last week’s no. 1, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies, to 3rd this week. It earned $2.49m, a disappointing decrease of 58% from its opening week.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 dropped from 3rd place last week to 4th this week earning $559k. It has remained consistent in the top 5 at the box office for 6 weeks, and should remain in at least the top 10 for a few more weeks. To date, it’s made nearly $32m.

Last week’s no. 2, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, dropped to no. 5 this week, earning $473k. Another film that took a beating from critics, King Arthur has managed to make $5m since its release.

This weekend sees the release of The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, and will more than likely give Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson and Johnny Depp a run for their money.

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo.