Fans of DC Comics movies got a big win when Wonder Woman hit theaters last month. The story of the Amazonian warrior has shattered records as well as longstanding industry misconceptions about just how well big blockbuster movies about female heroes, starring female actresses, and crafted by a female director, can do in the industry.
As Wonder Woman continues its impressive theatrical run, DC Extended Universe fans will be able to count one more milestone in the "win" column: Wonder Woman is about to overtake Suicide Squad at the domestic box office.
As Deadline reports, Wonder Woman grossed $3.9M at Monday night shows, putting the film's domestic total at $325.09M, just shy of Suicide Squad‘s final domestic total of $325.1M.
Why It Matters: For DCEU fans this is a nice win in the argument for why DC Comics cinematic universe is still a worthy endeavor, with a certain level of quality that audiences respond to. Suicide Squad is generally regarded as the weakest film in the DCEU, so the fact that it earned so much money domestically only added fuel to the 'money doesn't equal quality' argument against DC and Warner Bros.'s accomplishments. Wonder Woman is supposed to be a big creative turning point for the studio, so having it become the highest earner would be a powerful statement.
As it stands, Wonder Woman has surpassed Man of Steel's $291 million domestic earning; the bigger challenge will be reaching Batman v Superman's $330 million domestic run. If Wonder Woman can equal or even surpass that milestone event film, then DC and WB will have all the brand correction they needed, setting the stage for Justice League to achieve a major (billion dollar?) box office victory.
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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.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and is written by Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), Danny Huston, Ewen Bremmer, Doutzen Kroes, Samantha Jo (Euboea), Florence Kasumba (Senator Acantha), Said Taghmaoui, Eleanor Matsuura (Epione), Emily Carey (Young Diana), and Lisa Loven Kongsli (Menalippe).