‘Wonder Woman’ Deflects Doubt + Makes Huge Box Office Debut
Wonder Woman‘s signature cuffs are deflecting each and every shot fired at the Warner Bros. film (trolls, you can go ahead and take a seat…): the action-adventure, which opened at the box office over the weekend, made some serious dough, and amounted to the biggest debut ever for a female director.
Yup, the Patty Jenkins-fronted production, which stars Gal Gadot as the emblematic DC Comics hero, raked in $100.5 million across North America, which makes it only the 16th superhero film to open with more than $100 million. And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Wonder Woman is the first female-focused production to achieve this level of success, made all the more impressive by the fact that 52 percent of the audience was female. Most successful superhero films rest on 60 percent-plus male audiences, the site reports.
And critical reception is following suit — the film currently holds an impressive 93 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The New York Times noting “This film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, tells an interesting story that cleverly combines genre elements into something reasonably fresh, touching and fun.”
If the hero’s allure has drawn you in, it seems likely there will be more from Princess Diana to come.
“Patty’s vision mesmerized the audience. She is a real talent. Clearly, this is a movie that is resonating with moviegoers around the globe,” Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein said, according to THR. “I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Diana on the big screen.”
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