'Wonder Woman' Powers To $100.5 Million Debut, Most Ever By Female Director

Marco Green
June 5, 2017

Patty Jenkins directed the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC.

While American audiences and global film critics can't get enough of Wonder Woman, one United States news network is criticising the superhero's lack of patriotism.

Joining Jenkins behind the camera were director of photography Matthew Jensen ("Chronicle", "Fantastic Four", HBO's "Game of Thrones"), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto ("Amélie", "A Very Long Engagement"), Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh ("Chicago", "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit"), Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming ("The Dark Knight" trilogy, "Topsy-Turvy") and two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer ("Life of Pi", "The Golden Compass"). Patty Jenkins - who'd previously directed Monster, which earned star Charlize Theron the Best Actress Oscar - now tops a list that includes Fifty Shades of Grey's Sam Taylor-Johnson ($85.1 million), Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke ($69.6 million), and Pitch Perfect 2's Elizabeth Banks ($69.2 million). But the opening weekend for "Wonder Woman" is an achievement for female filmmakers and for the industry, says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. Online critics complained of gender inequality after the Alamo Drafthouse scheduled a handful of female-only screenings across the country. Gadot's character is a powerful superhero, and it's so great that she's presented as an unstoppable force in the newest DC Comics' film.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes in third at the weekend box office, with an estimated $21.6 million, with a 65.7 drop in earnings in what is now its second weekend. All of this battle talk began when Katie Couric posted the tweet below with Gadot saying, "Now they asked me who would win, Wonder Woman or Thor, and I think it's Wonder Woman". It's made $386.6 million internationally, driving the Disney sequel to more than $500 million globally.

That said, Wonder Woman has proven to be a major success for the DCEU. Thus far, the season's only blockbuster has been its first: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2". Suicide Squad put up a $133.6 million opening weekend which represented 41.1% of its domestic total of $325.1 million ($745.6 million worldwide) from a $175 million budget.

Per ComScore, overall box office is up 2.8 percent in the same frame from past year.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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