'Wonder Woman' conquers milestone with $100.5 million debut

Wonder Woman Box Office Debut

The box office haul for the female superhero icon is smaller than the box office numbers of some of her caped male counterparts.

Director Patty Jenkins's acclaimed superhero film surpassed Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, making £100.5 million in the USA compared to the erotic thriller's £85.2 million. It is the first modern Marvel or DC film with a female-majority audience.

Now that she conquered the box office, expect more women power until the studios kill that off with too much product.

The top spot for superhero films belongs to The Avengers, which opened to $207.4 million in 2012.

Prior to Wonder Woman, Jenkins was best known for her 2003 Oscar-winning film Monster, based on the life of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. The success of Wonder Woman has boosted overall box office figures for this summer and Warner Brothers' executives are understandably glowing, he continues.

"While the story was critically tough, she emerged as a real bright spot", Goldstein said.

"The surreality of, 'I can't believe we're getting to make Wonder Woman,' and also, 'Oh my God, we have to make the greatest Wonder Woman of all time!' " she said. "Wonder Woman is a woman for our time, and her message and the tone that Patty Jenkins set forth connects with now".

I have to say I agree with Andi Zeisler's suggestion that we "just chill and stop holding movies involving women to ludicrously high standards".

After hitting cinemas on Friday (June 2), the superhero movie starring Gal Gadot raked in $223 million (£172 million) globally, including a huge $100.5 million (£77.8 million) at the USA box office.

The Jenkins Effect, like Wonder Woman herself, should obliterate those decades-old walls. It tops the first Iron Man movie, which brought in $98.6 million, and handily beats the Thor and Captain America openings as well.

As it turns out, the film also marked a turning point in comic book film demographics, with more than half the viewership for "Wonder Woman" being women.

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