Patty Jenkins’ highly anticipated, critically acclaimed “Wonder Woman” made history over the weekend by winning the domestic box office with an estimated earning of $100 million, according to . That makes it the biggest opening ever for a female director (beating out Sam Taylor-Johnson’s for 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey”).
The movie – which stars Gal Gadot as the warrior princess who sets out to defeat the God of War, Ares – ties for the of June with “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” $100 million.
Though all the previous Warner Bros. DC Comics Extended Universe titles (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad”) have had , none of them found the acclaim both by critics or the acceptance by audiences that “Wonder Woman” got.
Things looked good for DCEU on Friday when “Wonder Woman” earned , which is a record-breaking single-day figure for a female director (this is also combined with the earned on Thursday). The movie followed that with a take on Saturday. A minuscule -8% drop (but, technically, +29 million from Friday if you take away the Thursday preview screenings coin).
As expected, women came out in droves to root on Diane Prince. According to ComScore, 53% of the audience was women, compared to 47% being men.
Comparing other superhero origin story movies, “Wonder Woman” earned more than 2008’s “Iron Man” 2011’s “Thor” and 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” ( , as well as 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”
But it wasn’t able to surpass 2002’s “Spider-Man” , 2013’s “Man of Steel”, or 2016’s “Deadpool”
Despite that, “Wonder Woman” proved that female-focused superhero movies have an audience and Jenkins, the first female director ever given the reigns of a superhero movie, can make this kind of movie as good (in many cases, better) as the boys.