No glass ceiling can stand in the way of Wonder Woman. This weekend, the DC heroine saw her first live-action film march into theaters, fans were fast to rally behind the movie. With Gal Gadot returning at Diana, Wonder Woman has smashed box office estimates as it lassos millions of dollars. Not only has the film become the highest-rated of the DCEU yet, Wonder Woman also marks a milestone moment for female directors.
In its domestic opening weekend, Wonder Woman is expected to rake in just over $100 million at the box office. The total will make Patty Jenkins Hollywood’s female director with the highest-grossing domestic opening yet. After opening in more than 4,000 theaters nationwide, Wonder Woman is expected to rake in even more money outside of the U.S. as predictions expect the film to earn $200 million worldwide.
Prior to Wonder Woman, the director of Fifty Shades of Grey held the domestic box office record. Sam Taylor-Johnson oversaw the BDSM-centric movie which went on to gross $85 million in the U.S. when it opened. Early estimates for Wonder Woman prediceted Jenkins would inherit the title from Taylor-Johnson, but officials only predicted the movie would earn around $95 million at that time.
Clearly, Wonder Woman’s legion of diehard fans were ready to exceed expectations on that front.
With a budget of $149 million, Wonder Woman will make a profit following its first box office weekend - and fans could not be more proud. Jenkins has become the head of a growing conversation both fans and critics are having about Hollywood’s shifting demographic. Superhero films are no longer a genre with a majorative male audience. Females have steadily increased its turnout to Marvel and DC films, so Wonder Woman’s overwhelmingly female demographic should surprise no one. 52% of the film’s audience on opening day was female, and out of that pool, 53% of moviegoers were under the age of 35. Wonder Woman has proved studios can make a female-centric action film that won’t flop; Now, it’s time for Hollywood to cater to the tested demographic.
Over on Twitter, fans of Wonder Woman are rallying behind the film’s latest box office achievement. Netizens are honoring Jenkins strong and impassioned vision with thanks on social media, and you can find some of the best congratulations below:
Wonder Woman currently has an 88.36 ComicBook.com Composite Score. It also has a 4.42 out of 5 ComicBook.com user rating, making it the fourth-highest rated comic book movie ever among ComicBook.com readers.
Can we now stop referring to @PattyJenks as a "female director" and just refer to her as a "director"?— Mary E McGlynn (@MaryEMcGlynn) June 4, 2017
"Wonderful director" will also work.
I am sure @PattyJenks has no idea how much easier she has made it for females who dig superheroes. We don't have to explain it anymore.— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) June 4, 2017
#WonderWoman is the BEST DC super hero film
in OVER 3 DECADES.
Let @PattyJenks direct ALL the DC movies!— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) June 3, 2017
Solo, team, guy or gal! ALL OF IT!
If she wants to, they should let Patty Jenkins make the next Superman movie. pic.twitter.com/XY0FsALDOf— Neil Miller (@rejects) June 3, 2017
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SYNOPSIS: Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Joining Gal Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder and Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.
The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, Wonder Woman.
Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures