Wonders Not anything great so far at the box office.
From Marvel Studios and Disney, the superhero tentpole opened with an estimated $47 million to rank as the worst start in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also trailed expectations overseas, launching to $63 million for a $110 million global debut against a massive $250 million production budget.
Wonders It represents a new low for Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios, which for years has been unrivaled in its success, and Reinforces the theory that superhero fatigue is a real thing as fans grow weary of the abundance of titles and become far less tolerant.
So far, rival DC has been the superhero studio that has suffered the biggest ups and downs, with a significant number of its films opening with $50 million or less (by comparison, many MCU releases have started with $100 million or more domestically). This summer, DC the light It debuted to a dismal $55 million domestically on its way to reaching $270.6 million worldwide.
Word of mouth kills Wonderswhich is only the third MCU title to receive a B CinemaScore from audiences after this Eternity And Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantania. The vast majority of MCU releases have received some variation of an A grade. Its Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 62 percent is also on the lower end.
The 33rd installment in the MCU is a sequel to Brie Larson’s 2019 film Captain Marvel, which opened to $153.4 million in North America on track to earn $1.13 billion worldwide, not adjusted for inflation. This film has the obvious advantage of being teased in the 2018 post-credit scene Avengers: Infinity Warwhile its honorary star was a player in 2019 Avengers: Endgame (It was released between two huge Marvel movies.)
Before now, 2008 The amazing structure It holds the record for the lowest domestic opening for any MCU title at $55.4 million, not adjusted for inflation (Marvel, which was not owned by Disney at the time, partnered with Universal for the structure). The next lowest MCU opening belongs to Marvel/Disney’s ant Manwhich started with $57.2 million domestically in 2015.
In the new film, Larson is joined by Iman Vellani, the breakout star of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvelas well as Teyonah Parris as an adult version of Captain Marvel Monica Rambeau character. The actress made her Marvel debut with WandaVisionwho counted Wonders Screenwriter Megan McDonnell is among its writers.
Wonders It is unique for a superhero film in that it stars three female leads. It was directed by Nia DaCosta, the first Black woman to direct a Marvel Studios film, as well as the youngest female director of an MCU film (DaCosta turned 34 on November 8). Marvel is proud to promote independent directors like Ryan Coogler, Taika Waititi, and Chloé Zhao.
Cast Wonders She was unable to do any promotion or publicity due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, although Larson and her co-stars began work on the Thursday after the strike ended. Larson appeared Tonight show on Friday, while she and her co-stars will surprise fans at various screenings of the film in New York City.
Elsewhere, Universal Horror Sensation and Blumhouse Five nights at freddy’s It finished in second place with $9 million from 3,624 theaters for a domestic total of $127.2 million over its third weekend (it is the highest-grossing horror title of 2023 so far). It’s also particularly intimidating the big business overseas, earning another $15.4 million for a cume of $124.7 million overseas and $251.9 million worldwide.
AMC Theaters Taylor Swift: Tour for the Ages It was followed by an estimated $6 million from 2,848 locations for a domestic total of approximately $173 million.
The niche box office was in full swing as Oscar season continued to heat up, led by Martin Scorsese Moonflower Killers (Apple Original Films/Paramount), which grossed another $4.7 million from 3,357 theaters for a domestic total of $60 million.
Sofia Coppola Priscilla (A24) moved to No. 5 in its third weekend with $4.8 million as it expanded to 2,361 theaters for a domestic cume of $12.7 million.
Alexander Payne Retainers (Focus Features) followed at No. 6 with $3.2 million as it expanded to 778 theaters for an early domestic total of $4.3 million.
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