Wonder Woman breaks box office records for female director

The newly released Wonder Woman has done what Baahubali 2: The Conclusion did - it surprised everyone with the kind of box office collections it managed to garner, something that most filmmakers can only dream of.

The film, directed by Patty Jenkins, has broken the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for a female-directed movie. It also topped all but one film from DC's main competitor, Marvel Entertainment, which is owned by Disney.

The Avengers director Joss Whedon tweeted out his praise for the movie, calling it a "goddamn delight". Words like "obliterating" or "demolishing" are more apt, given the film's record-setting $103.1 million U.S. opening and its badass, empowering message.

It's safe to say that Wonder Woman has officially set the bar when it comes to the box office potential of both female directors and superheroes. The animated release, in which a pair of students make their principal think he's a superhero by hypnotizing him, opened with $23.5 million US. The success of Wonder Woman has boosted overall box office figures for this summer and Warner Brothers' executives are understandably glowing, he continues.

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

He said: "We really look forward to is the day when a movie directed by a woman and telling a woman's story is no longer news because it was successful - or even that it was produced at all. It's something I hope we don't talk about in the public [because] I want people to see, but it's very hard to know which characters will be in the next movie because of the time period, so it's a big question". Everyone from Lupita Nyong'o to Jessica Chastain has been giving the film, as well as director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot, rave reviews, including none other than Thor himself (aka Chris Hemsworth).

Prior to Wonder Woman, Jenkins was best known for her 2003 Oscar-winning film Monster, based on the life of serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Gadot came to Wonder Woman after starring in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in the Fast & Furious films.

  • Salvatore Jensen