• Wonder Woman does a wonderful $6.76m, Baywatch makes smaller waves
Weekend box office surged 27% to $15.95m thanks to the performance of two new releases – Wonder Woman and Baywatch – which between them accounted for more than $10m. Between them the two movies opened on over 1,000 screens.
#1 Wonder Woman $6.76m
After a long gestation period over many years the DC Comics project is finally a reality. This is the first live action movie starring the Wonder Woman character after her appearance last year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warner Bros opened this movie on 607 screens which returned $11,150 per screen. Wonder Woman had the best opening weekend since Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 did $8.61m on the last weekend of April.
#2 Baywatch $3.48m
Given that critical expectations would not have been too high, an opening close to $3.5m is not a bad thing. In terms of meaningless yet interesting stats, Baywatch had the best weekend as the #2 movie since Logan took second place to Kong: Skull Island back in mid-March when Logan recorded its second weekend gross of $4.52m. Baywatch opened on 403 screens with a screen average of $8,638.
#3 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies $2.49m
Takings dropped 58% from the opening weekend, which is close to the biggest percentage drop this year for a film on its second weekend. Pirates shed 178 screens to be on 454 at a screen average of $5,485.
#4 Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 $559,000
After six weeks in the top five the Walt Disney release is close to $32m. It remains on over 200 screens with a screen average across the weekend of $2,603.
#5 King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword $473,000
Although a global box office disappointment, the movie has managed to last three weekends in our top five. The film remained on just under 150 screens on the weekend with a screen average of $1,900. In its three weeks of release King Arthur has taken close to $5m.
Outside the top five: After 11 weeks The Boss Baby is about to drop off the chart after grossing a tidy $21.42m. It was still on 98 screens across the weekend, taking $60,000 which was enough to keep it in the top 20 at #18.