Monday, 5 June 2017

Movie Money: Episode 19 (June 05, 2017)

It's the first weekend of June, and with June comes the true beginning of summer. Really, summer movie season begins earlier and earlier every year, but June is truly the beginning of summer. New entry at the number 1 spot went of course to 'Wonder Woman'. The female-led superhero movie grossed $100m domestically, exceeding expectations that pegged a modest $75m for the Amazon Warrior's solo outing. It marks the largest opening for a film directed by a woman. Worldwide 'Wonder Woman', has already surpassed its $149m budget and grossed a grand $225m. Most likely the film will end it's run with a comfortable $700m-$800m total, par for the course for first-time superhero adventures, but 'Wonder Woman' is a definite hit with audiences.

Patty Jenkins helmed the success story.
Another new face in the box office this week was 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie'. The Dreamworks animated feature brought in $23.5m this weekend, shy of its modest $38m budget. Not a runaway hit. It's likely the film will make just enough to cover its production budget but with the stiff competition of June ahead, it doesn't look good for the childhood superhero. Coming in at number 3 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' suffered a 66% drop this weekend, making its domestic gross only $114.6m. The real money is in the international market, where 'Pirates' is currently laughing its mediocre self to the bank with $507m in tow. A sequel is all but inevitable for what was touted as the final adventure of Captain Jack Sparrow.

In a world of remakes and sequels, Captain Jack will always be there. Whether we like it or not.
Finally, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.' once again in the top 5, but seemingly on its last legs. The Marvel space adventure raked in $9.7m this weekend domestically. Chances are it'll be out the top 5 as of next week, but it continues to do well overseas, with a total of $817m worldwide. 'Baywatch' rounds out the 5, and has come to a worldwide cume of $67m, shy of a $69m budget. Safe to say 'Baywatch' is a bomb.

Here's the episode this week with Shawna and myself making our predictions for next week: