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Why Wonder Woman Might Be Even Bigger than You Thought

Few films have been built up with the same kind of breathless anticipation and anxiety as Wonder Woman. Ever since the explosion of blockbuster comic-book movies—since before then, even—fans have been waiting for a live-action adaptation of the Amazonian Diana Prince and her lasso of truth. Then they waited a little bit more. And more. But now, the superhero’s journey is nearly here—set to hit theaters on June 2, with actress Gal Gadot playing the lead. On Thursday night, critics who have already seen Wonder Woman were finally allowed to share their initial reaction to the film—and it appears DC has a wondrous hit on its hands.

Kate Erbland of Indiewire said the film has “humor and heart,” and that Gadot and co-star Chris Pine are “charming as hell.”

Peter Sciretta of /Film said it is “funnier, more action packed than you’re probably expecting.”

Critic Courtney Howard found it “absolutely empowering.”

The list goes on. Behold, even more 140-character praise of the film:

Prior to these initial reactions, there has been no shortage of speculation about the film. Theories circulating online…

Box-Office Meltdown: ‘King Arthur’ Could Lose $150M After Falling on Its Sword

‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

For a brief shining moment, anxious executives at Warner Bros. were hopeful that director Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword would open to at least $25 million in North America and overperform overseas, where historical action epics can often conquer audiences.

It wasn’t to be. The dark origins tale about the mythical medieval king fell on its sword at the box office over Mother’s Day weekend, earning just $15.4 million domestically — slightly ahead of Sunday’s $14.7 million estimate — and a dismal $29.1 million from its first 51 foreign markets, including bombing in China with $5 million. While the event film has yet to land in other major territories, including the U.K., the forecast is grim.

King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam in the titular role, could lose as much as $150 million for partners Warners and Village Roadshow after costing $175 million to make before a major marketing spend, according to box-office experts who say the movie isn’t likely to earn more than $145 million globally (studios only get half back in box-office receipts in the U.S, and even less overseas). RatPac-Dune Entertainment — the film financing entity launched in 2013 by Steve Mnuchin, who is now U.S. Treasury Secretary, James Packer and filmmaker Brett Ratner — also has a stake in the movie.

A Warners disputed that the loss could climb to $150 million for the various partners.

King Arthur is a paint-by-numbers Hollywood disaster — wrong director, wrong cast, wrong script, etc.,” says box-office analyst Jeff Bock. “The whole Game of Thrones-on-steroids direction the studio went with from the get-go just didn’t get anyone psyched to see this.”

Bock,…

Box Office: ‘King Arthur’ Takes $1.2M, ‘Snatched’ Grabs $650K Thursday

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Holdover ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ is expected to top the domestic box office again this weekend.

Warner Bros.’ King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword earned an estimated $1.2 million in Thursday night previews while Fox’s comedy Snatched grabbed $650,000 from 2,625 locations.

King Arthur, helmed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, is projected to debut in the $25 million range domestically after costing Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow $175 million to produce before a major marketing spend.

The story follows Arthur, who had a tough upbringing in the back…

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ to Blast Off to Massive $150 Million-Plus Opening

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“Fate of the Furious” will hit the road after three weekends in first place.

Enter “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is set to kick off the summer box office with a bang. The latest from Disney and Marvel should blast off to a domestic opening in the range of $150 million to $170 million. A more conservative estimate from the studio pegged the opening at $140 million and change. The sequel to 2014’s smash hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” will open in 4,300 locations domestically, including 388 Imax screens. As an extra promotion through RealD, 558 spots will offer a 3D double feature starting with the first “Guardians” film and leading into a 7 p.m. screening of the sequel.

“Guardians 2” comes into the weekend with well over $100 million in the bank from international ticket sales. It made more than $106 million in its first weekend at 58% of overseas territories. This week the movie opens in several more major foreign markets — South Korea on May 3, Russia and Argentina on May 4, China on May 5, and Japan on May 12. This is a film that stands a fighting chance of cracking the $1 billion mark globally.

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While the first “Guardians” movie centered around how the band of misfit heroes — played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper — came together, the sequel functions as an origin story. James Gunn is once again at the helm, but whereas he co-wrote the first movie with Nicole Perlman, this time he scripted solo. Gunn is already attached to write and direct the third “Guardians”…

Globalism reigns at box office, while ‘Furious’ passes $1B

This image released by Universal Pictures shows, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, seated left, and Nathalie Emmanuel, seated right, and Tyrese Gibson, standing from left, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez in “The Fate of the Furious.” (Matt Kennedy/Universal Pictures via AP) (Associated Press)

NEW YORK — A South India sensation, a Hispanic-focused comedy and the highest-grossing film ever directed by an African American made up the top three films in North America on a culturally diverse box office weekend.

As expected, it was another runaway weekend for “The Fate of the Furious,” which took No. 1 for the third straight week with $19.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal Pictures release also throttled past $1 billion globally, and passed its predecessor, “Furious 7,” to become the highest-grossing imported film in China with $361 million.

The “Fast and the Furious” franchise, the latest of which is helmed by F. Gary Gray, has always been held up as a model of the diverse blockbuster, given its cast led by Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. But the smaller films that trailed it over the weekend also reflected the box-office might of often underserved audiences.

In second domestically with $12 million and drawing an overwhelmingly Hispanic crowd was Eugenio Derbez’s comedy, “How to Be a Latin Lover.” The film is easily the biggest success yet for Pantelion, the Latino-oriented joint venture of Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa.

“How to Be a Latin Lover” co-stars Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell. But its top draw is Derbez, whose “Instructions Not Included” was the highest-grossing Spanish-language film in North America in 2013. The audience for “How to be a Latin Lover” was 89 percent Hispanic.

In third was “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” a so-called Tollywood (Telugu language) film from South India, which pulled in a remarkable $10.1 million despite playing on just 420 screens. (”The Fate of the Furious” played on more than 4,000.)

“Baahubali 2” even bested a pair of Hollywood’s biggest stars in Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Their terribly reviewed thriller “The Circle,” distributed by STX Films on behalf of EuropaCorp, opened…

China Box Office: ‘Shock Wave’ Dents ‘Furious 8’ for May Day Weekend Win

China Box Office: 'Shock Wave' Dents

A crowd of Chinese movies jostled with record breaking “The Fate of the Furious” for the top spot at the China box office during the first weekend of the May Day holiday week.

Star-studded bomb disposal action thriller, “Shock Wave” emerged on top on Friday and Saturday giving it a weekend win. Directed by Hong Kong’s Herman Yan, produced by and starring Andy Lau, the film played some 55,000 screenings per day and earned a score of $24.1 million in three days.

Wanda’s crime suspense film, “Battle of Memories” started with 64,000 screens on its first day, but saw its play-dates shrink over the weekend. It finished in third place with $21.5 million.

Splitting the two newcomers, and taking second place, was “Furious 8” in its third week on release. Despite coming third on Friday and Saturday, it revved back into…

‘Fate of the Furious’ Tops Box Office for Third Weekend

The action movie “The Fate of the Furious” led the North American box office for the third straight weekend, the last slow stretch before big summer pictures start opening in theaters.

The eighth installment in the series from Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures added an estimated $19.4 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, ComScore Inc. said in an emailed statement Sunday. That beat the $19.2 million estimate of analysts at BoxOfficePro.com. Of two new films in wide release, “The Circle,” with Tom Hanks as a Silicon Valley chief executive officer, placed a disappointing fourth with $9.3 million.

“Fate of the Furious” faced little competition for the top spot before Hollywood breaks out its big summer films. The May-to-September stretch typically produces about 40 percent of the industry’s annual ticket sales and is expected start strong on May 5 with a Walt Disney Co. sequel to its…

Globalism reigns at box office, while ‘Furious’ passes $1B

A South India sensation, a Hispanic-focused comedy and the highest-grossing film ever directed by an African American made up the top three films in North America on a culturally diverse box office weekend.

As expected, it was another runaway weekend for “The Fate of the Furious,” which took No. 1 for the third straight week with $19.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal Pictures release also throttled past $1 billion globally, and passed its predecessor, “Furious 7,” to become the highest-grossing imported film in China with $361 million.

The “Fast and the Furious” franchise, the latest of which is helmed by F. Gary Gray, has always been held up as a model of the diverse blockbuster, given its cast led by Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. But the smaller films that trailed it over the weekend also reflected the box-office might of often underserved audiences.

In second domestically with $12 million and drawing an overwhelmingly Hispanic crowd was Eugenio Derbez’s comedy, “How to Be a Latin Lover.” The film is easily the biggest success yet for Pantelion, the Latino-oriented joint venture of Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa.

“How to Be a Latin Lover” co-stars Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell. But its top draw is Derbez, whose “Instructions Not Included” was the highest-grossing Spanish-language film in North America in 2013. The audience for “How to be a Latin Lover” was 89 percent Hispanic.

In third was “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” a so-called Tollywood (Telugu language) film from South India, which pulled in a remarkable $10.1 million despite playing on just 420 screens. (“The Fate of the Furious” played on more than 4,000.)

“Baahubali 2” even bested a pair of Hollywood’s biggest stars in Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Their terribly reviewed thriller “The Circle,” distributed by STX Films on behalf of EuropaCorp, opened with $9.3 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said such global weekends at the box office will become more common.

Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Stays on Top; ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘The Promise’ Bomb

The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious” is racing to defend its title at the top of the box office, while a number of new releases including “The Promise” and “Unforgettable” are being left in the dust.

Universal’s eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise proved to be a global box office titan when it opened last weekend to a record-shattering $532.5 million. This time around looks to tell mostly the same story — while domestic grosses slipped 61% from its first to second weekend, the movie is still easily topping the box office with $38.7 million from 4,329 locations.

But slipping domestic earnings (and lower U.S. grosses than “Furious 7,” which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus “Fate’s” current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie’s international appeal. A bankable, diverse cast including Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron is leading the film, directed by F. Gary Gray, to a two-frame global total of $744.8 million and worldwide sum of $908.4 million.

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While studios wait for summer season to commence, there are no surprise hits to come of this weekend’s releases. Warner Bros.’ “Unforgettable” seems to have slipped audiences’ minds, earning $4.8 million in its first weekend from 2,417 theaters.

“It just didn’t resonate with the intended audience,” said Jeff Goldstein, the president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. Goldstein stressed that the movie was made for a moderate price, and the marketing was “targeted and appropriate” for the audience.

The directorial debut of Denise Di Novi stars Katherine Heigl as a scorned ex-wife, and Rosario Dawson as a woman who is newly engaged to the same man. In his review…