Is it because she’s a woman? Or is it because her male predecessors failed to deliver upon audience expectations?
Either way, it’s pretty concerning that Wonder Woman – the first major motion picture for a female superhero since 2005’s Elektra – has received an early projection of $83 million for its three-day opening weekend, the lowest projection of all the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films.
Although the figure sounds like more than any of us will see in a dozen lifetimes, it’s half the $166 million estimate for last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the $133 million for Suicide Squad. It’s also well below the $160 million forecast for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The modest figure comes despite favourable reviews of Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the Amazonian warrior in Dawn of Justice (the cinema I was in literally erupted in applause when she first appeared in the movie) and all the positive feedback received from recent promotions for the forthcoming movie.
According to Box Office Pro, Wonder Woman’s downfall may include the DCEU’s unpredictable history and the flat growth of the movie’s Facebook fan base. On the other hand, the website expects that being the first female superhero film in years may work in the movie’s favour along with the perfect release date with around four weeks between the debut of the Guardians sequel and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Wonder Woman is scheduled for release in Australia on 1 June 2017.