Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

'Wonder Woman' Sets Record With $100.5 Million Debut

'Wonder Woman' Sets Record With $100.5 Million Debut

In the meantime let's see how far Wonder Woman can climb up Amazon's Blu-ray bestsellers chart considering its enormous popularity on opening weekend.

It's time for the nigh-inevitable question: How does this compare to Wonder Woman's predecessors in the DC Extended Universe? Wonder Woman has a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Patty Jenkins now holds the banner for the best domestic opening for a female director, topping "Fifty Shades of Grey's" Sam Taylor-Johnson ($85.1 million). Joss Whedon, who went on to direct The Avengers in 2012, once attempted to put his Buffy-cred to use by making a Wonder Woman movie with Warner Bros., but the project collapsed.

This weekend, Wonder Woman is tearing up the box office and proving that it shouldn't have taken 76 years for DC's Amazon heroine to headline her own feature film. "You want to do a movie like this because you believe in it", she said.

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Goldstein said the studio knew they had "something special" after the reception to Gadot in "Batman v Superman". The animated release, in which a pair of students makes their principal think he's a superhero by hypnotizing him, opened with $23.5 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales continued to do fine but not particularly impressive business with $21.6 million, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped out of the top two for the first time in its fifth weekend in theaters, pulling in $9.7 million. $95 million of the total estimated almost $223 million worldwide came from 3D ticket sales and an estimated $36 million was collected from RealD equipped locations. Korea is the second biggest market for the film with $8.5 million. Baywatch filled out the top five with $8.5 million, while Alien: Covenant disappointed again in sixth place with $4 million. Now, "Wonder Woman" has helped close the gap to 3.4%.

After Wonder Woman stormed the box office to a heroic $100.5 million debut, it seems all but likely that a sequel will follow. 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).

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