As we predicted, the two new superhero films released this week conquered the top two spots on the chart with one of them smashing records. No, not Captain Underpants. It really should come as no surprise that the hotly anticipated Wonder Woman stormed to Number 1 with a massive $103.2 million domestically. This year we’ve seen the highest grossing movie by an African-American director (Get Out), and now we have the biggest opening weekend for a film by a female director. Wonder Woman is also the 16th largest opening for a comic book based film, but the sixth among those that aren’t sequels. In 55 international markets, the film earned $125 million ($38 million of that from China) bringing its worldwide total to $228.2 million, with more international markets yet to come. The film is budgeted at $149 million, and should get close to the $300 million mark domestically by the end of its run.
In second place, Captain Underpants bowed with $23.8 million, one of the smallest opening weekends for a DreamWorks Animation title — but it did have to contend with Wonder Woman. Luckily, the film was made on the cheap with an estimated $38 million budget, a fraction of other DWA titles, so it could end up turning a small profit … except it will have to face Pixar’s Cars 3 and Universal’s Despicable Me 3 in a few weeks.
Last week’s Number 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales dropped a whopping 65%, falling to Number 3 with $22 million. The $230 million film has earned a cumulative $115 million domestically and $392.9 million internationally, cracking the half billion mark worldwide with $508 million. Also in its second week, Baywatch took a 53% tumble, earning $8.7 million for fifth place. The $69 million film’s domestic earnings now stands at $42 million, with $25.5 million added from foreign markets for a global $67.4 million total.
Pirates didn’t have the worst weekend though. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul saw a 71% loss after losing 1,086 screens, slipping three spots to Number 9 with $1.2 million. To date the $22 million family film has a $17.8 million domestic total.
In its third week, Alien: Covenant lost 1,112 screens and dropped 61%, landing at Number 6 with $4.1 million. So far the $97 million thriller has earned $67.3 million domestically and $174 million globally. It wasn’t too long ago that Paramount tried to relaunch the Terminator franchise which failed spectacularly, causing the studio to cancel the two planned sequels. Director Ridley Scott has also announce his plans to continue the series to tie Prometheus to the original Alien, but these numbers may have studio Fox second-guessing any future films.
We can also forget about any further King Arthur tales with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword totally tanking in its fourth week, landing at Number 10 with $1.1 million. To date the $175 million film has earned just $37.1 million domestically and $130.2 million worldwide. This is director Guy Ritchie’s second flop in a row for Warner Bros. — although The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a better reviewed film, earning a global total of $109.8 million against a $75 million budget — so unless he’s got a new Sherlock Holmes film in the pipeline, his tenure with the studio is looking very shaky.
With two films entering the Top Ten, two had to leave. The Boss Baby dropped out from Number 9 to Number 12. The $125 million animated comedy has earned nearly $171 million domestically and $312 million overseas, giving it a $483 million global total. The Fate of the Furious went into steep decline, falling from Number 10 to Number 15, giving the $250 million action flick a $223.8 million domestic total. Worldwide the film’s earning stand at $1.2 billion. Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast held steady at Number 11 for a second week with its domestic earnings at $502.1 million, and a global total of $1.2 billion.
With several new films coming the weekend of June 9, only one looks to dethrone Wonder Woman from the top spot, Universal’s new reboot of The Mummy with Tom Cruise. Cruise can deliver a big opening weekend, but will this new attempt at launching a “Dark Universe” franchise — that already failed once with Dracula Untold — be able to take down the newly rejuvenated DC Cinematic Universe? Only time, and a weekend, will tell.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of June 2.
2. [N] –1– Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $23,852,411 [NEW]
7.  –3– Everything, Everything – $3,301,366 [$28,282,953]
9.  –3– Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – $1,289,793 [$17,894,397]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo