"Wonder Woman" Broke the Record for Highest Earning Opening With Female Director

"Wonder Woman" Broke the Record for Highest Earning Opening With Female Director

The Warner Bros/DC film, which stars Gal Gadot, earned a global opening weekend total of $223m (£173m), with $100.5m of that figure coming from the US.

Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman took $100.5m (£78.09m) at the US/Canada box office this weekend - the biggest domestic debut for a female director.

Wonder Woman opened to critical acclaim and broken box office records, so it's no surprise the rumors of a sequel have been confirmed.

Wonder Woman is in theaters now. For starters, the film's 93% Rotten Tomatoes score and extremely lofty reviews across the board have bested Doctor Strange, the Captain America films, the Avengers films, Thor, and is almost on par with the 94% score of the 2008 Iron Man flick. 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 (SCOR). According to a report in Variety: "The worldwide numbers are higher than many other super hero films including the first two "Thor" and "Iron Man" movies, both "Guardians of the Galaxy" volumes, and "Man of Steel".

- It surpasses the opening collections of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Iron Man and Thor.

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Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Patty Jenkins, the film also features Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Lucy Davis and Doutzen Kroes among others.

Wonder Woman's debut marked the biggest opening ever for a female director. The movie was expected to make Rs 1,000 crore as revenue at the box office across the 8,000 screens, including the foreign screens, which it did.

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Lynda Carter, who starred as Wonder Woman in the 1975 film, congratulated Jenkins, Gadot and co-star Chris Pine on Twitter. "I remember when I read in the news that Wonder Woman had been cast and my heart sank".