Box Office Milestone: 'Wonder Woman' Passes Final 'Harry Potter' Pic
Another day, another milestone for Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman.
Today, the superhero film will become the third-biggest Warner Bros. release of all time in North America — not accounting for inflation — leapfrogging the final Harry Potter film, 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
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Through Sunday, Wonder Woman's domestic total was $380.7 million, compared with $381 million for Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The studio's two top-grossing films domestically are Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight ($533.3 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($448.1 million), again, not adjusting for inflation.
Wonder Woman has enjoyed the best hold of any superhero film in more than 15 years since hitting theaters in early June.
And the tentpole has already become the top-grossing film of all time from a female helmer with solo directing duties.
Wonder Woman is now assured of becoming the top-grossing movie of summer 2017, besting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which has grossed $386.6 million domestically to date. (Wonder Woman will ultimately earn north of $390 million in North America.)
The female-led tentpole has become a winning case study for why Hollywood studio executives should entrust female directors with their marquee properties. And if all goes as planned, Warners and DC will announce a release date for a Wonder Woman sequel at Comic-Con late this week, with Jenkins once again directing.
Wonder Woman has been slower to catch on overseas, earning roughly $384.2 million to date for roughly $765 million globally. Generally speaking, a Hollywood tentpole sees 60 percent or more of its total earnings come from the foreign box office.
by Graeme McMillan