Wonder Woman made a major score for the DC Entertainment Universe over this past opening weekend by not only winning over critics but by also pulling in a cool $100.5 in North American theaters, which turns out to be the biggest block-buster to be directed by a woman. Congratulations to the film’s director, Patty Jenkins, on this major win.
The DCEU really needed this film to be a home run, and fortunately it is. With lukewarm responses to their last three superhero films, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. really needed to convince fans they could continue to produce not just entertaining, but superior films from their canon. Though the film did not go toe to toe monetarily at the box office with its predecessors, Wonder Woman easily cruised by industry expectations to become the first big block-buster for the Summer season and has initially been better received by fans and movie-goers.
“It shows that superhero movies aren’t just about men. They’re about women as well,” commented Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros. “All the noise about Patty Jenkins breaking the glass ceiling for directors, I think that added to it as well.”
Though it has been an uphill battle for women to helm Hollywood’s bigger productions, Patty Jenkins is no stranger to success on a larger scale. Jenkins directed Charlize Theron in the iconic role of serial killer Aileen Wuernos in 2003’s Monster. Jenkins not only directed the film, but she wrote the screenplay as well. She now holds the title for the biggest domestic opening for a female director. Not bad at all.
The Amazon Princess’ success this weekend clearly states that the WB & DC have turned a corner in their never-ending battle to match the success of the many Marvel/Disney megahits. In fact, this win is bigger than you might think. Wonder Woman will cross $100.5 million gross this weekend, inching past Marvel’s Iron Man opening weekend back in 2008, which only raked in $98 million. Stick that in your canon and smoke it Marvel!
“This is a dramatic step in the right direction,” Goldstein confessed. “We’ve heard fans. We’ve heard critics. These properties are very complicated and beloved. To get it right, it takes a lot of work. I think on this movie, all of us got it right.”
International estimates put Wonder Woman at about $122.5 million in box office sales, totaling $223 in total gross for its opening. I’d say that the Amazon Princess is off to a wonderful start. (sorry. I couldn’t help myself)
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