Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

'Wonder Woman' Crushes Weekend Box Office Record for Women-Directed Films

As Wonder Woman debuted to a historic $223 million worldwide, including $100.5 million domestically for the top spot, it's worth noting that only one scene was reshot by director Patty Jenkins. Jenkins beats out previous record-holder Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose Fifty Shades of Grey's brought in $85.1 million Valentine's Day/Presidents Day weekend.

While its numbers are lower than other DC Universe movies' opening weekends (including Man of Steel and Suicide Squad), its critical acclaim exceeds all with some calling Wonder Woman the best superhero movie since Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight films. Interestingly, that 52% number is also the percentage of the total "moviegoing" audience that is female, according to a 2013 study. 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. And so, you know, there is always that opportunity in any movie with a metaphor to use to make something attractive that really touches people.

Dergarabedian said several factors contributed to the strong weekend performance, including a great release date, ideal casting and widespread acclaim.

Deadline reported Monday that the final tally for the film was $103.1 million, even higher than the initial Sunday estimates.

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A perennial success both critically and at the box office, the perfectly-paced 141-minute film has grossed more than 100.5 million in North America and 122.5 internationally in just three days.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior.

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Distribution chief Jeff Goldstein said the film "just resonated with fans", adding: "There's something iconic about Diana and the story of Wonder Woman that's hitting the zeitgeist perfectly".

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The Wonder Woman, is a DC Comics character of the same name and is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe.

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Wonder Woman's next appearance, in the "Justice League" film, is five months away.

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