We're Getting a Wonder Woman Sequel, Praise the Gods

Wonder Woman has broken the U.S. box office record held by a female director, making £173 million globally in its opening weekend.

The impressive worldwide total makes WONDER WOMAN the largest female-lead superhero movie opening of all time, the biggest opening in June for a superhero movie, and the biggest opening in June for a Warner Bros. film.

What's more, Wonder Woman is now holds the title of one of the highest grossing opening weekends for a solo-superhero debut, beating Iron Man and falling just short of Deadpool, Man of Steel and Spider-Man. Patty Jenkins's only other big-screen credit is Monster, a 2003 crime drama that garnered an Academy Award for lead actress Charlize Theron. The previous mark was Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, with $85.1 million United States in 2015. "It is so important for girls and boys to have a female, strong, super hero to look up to", she said.

Fox's PG animated superhero movie "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" was a distant second place, bringing in an estimated United States dollars 23.5 million in its opening weekend.

The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins - the first woman to direct a superhero film, with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and a story by Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs. 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. The film is also the best reviewed to come out of the DC Extended Universe in years.

The few male critics who have written sexist/poor reviews of the film (for reasons that are generally nothing to do with its calibre just FYI) have been roundly dragged by the Wonder Woman fans online. The adventure movie starring Johnny Depp grossed $386.6 million internationally to date for a global cume of $501.2 million.

"The director in me wants this film that I made to succeed".

Following Memorial Day weekend's sluggish performance, the summer box office trailed last year's by almost 9%.

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales moved to the third place with an estimated $21.6 million.

  • Salvatore Jensen