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‘Wonder Woman’ Soars to $18.7 Million in Early International Box Office

Variety logo Variety 6/2/2017 Dave McNary
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Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” has earned an impressive $18.7 million from 37 international markets through Thursday.

Warner Bros. reported that the superheroine tentpole grossed $12.1 million on Thursday with launches in 32 markets, led by a U.K. opening of $1.6 million on 1,284 screens with a 43% share of the top films in the market. Brazil generated $1 million Thursday on 1,273 screens and another $500,000 from previews Wednesday.

“Wonder Woman” dominated in the Philippines with $971,000 for 88% of the top five films. It was the third-highest opening day in that market for a Warner Bros. property after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Man of Steel.”

“Wonder Woman” grossed an estimated $884,000 from 2,406 screens in Russia for a second-place finish. Australia debuted with $837,000 on 606 screens, commanding 56% of the top five and taking in more than twice the opening day of the launch of “Baywatch.”

Indonesia has generated grosses of $2.1 million after two days, followed by $2 million in South Korea in two days. “Wonder Woman” opens in another 17 markets Friday, including China and Mexico. The movie will not be screened in Lebanon, where it’s been officially banned due to Gadot being Israeli.

The North American launch is expected to generate around $100 million during the Friday-Sunday period. The comic book feature soared to a spectacular $11 million in Thursday night previews, the third-largest for 2017, trailing only Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” at $17 million, and “Beauty and the Beast,” with $16.3 million.

“Wonder Woman” is the fourth installment in the studio’s DC Extended Universe, which launched with 2013’s “Man of Steel” with an opening weekend of $116.6 million, followed by last year’s “Dawn of Justice” with $166 million and “Suicide Squad” with $133.6 million.

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