Sunday, June 04, 2017

Wonder Woman Breaks $100M - Sets Record



"Wonder Woman" conquered milestones and movie myths at North American theaters, where the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film powered its way to a $100.5 million debut this weekend and became the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman.

The well-reviewed movie easily surpassed industry expectations with one of the summer's biggest debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday. Starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior princess, "Wonder Woman" is the rare — and most successful — female-led film in an overwhelmingly male superhero landscape.

It proved a hit with moviegoers, earning an A CinemaScore. While skewing somewhat female, it drew a fairly evenly split audience. Warner Bros. said 52 percent of the audience was female and 48 percent male. "Wonder Woman" added $122.5 million internationally, including $38 million in China.

"It shows that superhero movies aren't just about men. They're about women as well," said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros. "All the noise about Patty Jenkins breaking the glass ceiling for directors, I think that added to it as well."

Women have long struggled to get behind the camera of Hollywood's biggest productions. Female directors accounted for just 9 percent of the 250 top-grossing movies in North America in 2015 and only 7 percent in 2016.

Jenkins, who previously directed 2003's "Monster" starring Charlize Theron, now holds the record for biggest domestic opening for a female director. The previous mark was Sam Taylor-Johnson's "Fifty Shades of Grey," with $85.1 million in 2015.

"Wonder Woman" represents a turning point for Warner Bros. and DC Comics, which have together struggled in recent years to match the Marvel-Disney juggernaut. While "Wonder Woman" didn't match the box-office might of "Batman v. Superman" (a $166 million opening) or "Suicide Squad" ($133.7 million), it was much better-received than those roundly derided releases.

"This is a dramatic step in the right direction," Goldstein said. "We've heard fans. We've heard critics. These properties are very complicated and beloved. To get it right, it takes a lot of work. I think on this movie, all of us got it right."

19 comments:

Random101 said...

And i remember several blinds that insinuated that Wonder Woman is going to be a disaster. Considering Entys record, i was scared for Wonder Woman. Justice League is next and someone who watched the final cut being used to do the special effects said its good. :) but i cringe at anything with Ben Affleck in it

Scandi Sanskrit said...

I dragged 3 of my friends into seeing this instead of "Pirates", and it was so worth it because it was good! I'm laughing so hard right now... ???

Don't bother defrosting Steve Rogers.

Jill said...

I'm going to see it tomorrow.

French girl said...

I still am surprised that Gadot is praised because she is not a good actress .I saw her in a Fast And Furious and 2 others movies and she is nothing in it

HH314 said...

This is bothering me and it is not the first time I am seeing this on the website. The person positing here rips news website releases or other sources and posts without any attribution. If you didn't write the text, you need to source it. For instance, this particular post is from AP/Reuters by Jake Coyle. This is plagiarism, pure and simple.
http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article154305254.html

Do Tell said...

To be fair, even Meryl couldn't pull it off in a Fast and Furious movie. Crap material cannot be spun into gold.

sandybrook said...

It's a comic book movie French Girl it doesn't need good acting.

Marianne said...

Jill you won't regret it!! Great movie content, story behind it and an overall decent flick!! I absolutely loved it!

Fred84 said...

Enty spent almost a year trashing this movie and Gal Gadot in the blinds. I wonder if he's going to take any of it back.

cebii said...

Gal did really well. She was really believable as Wonder Woman. No over acting or flat affects. Can't see anyone else in that role. It is well worth the price of admission. Saw it with my wife on Friday and will take my kids next weekend.

Guesser said...

I wouldn't bet on it.I wonder for what purpose it was trashed? I thought when he did that with the Fifty Shades movie it was reverse psychology, but this was different. Seems to have been an agenda of sorts.

Guesser said...

Enty threatened legal action against a site that was started to help people who were having trouble with the site when it first left blogger.

Kick ass ladies said...

I loved every minute of it. Since women will have to rally and save the world for our kids after men like trump ruin it, it's a great movie to pump you up for the fight ! Lol.

HH314 said...

I know, he/she is unbelievably hypocritical. I visited that website when it was functioning, it was so much better than this ad-infested mess

Hot Cola said...

+1, her role there was 'the tough, cool, chick' and the the whole thing was infantile.

texasrose said...

Finally!! A woman that has shaken off the shackles of oppression in this country. I hope she is only the first of many. Hear her roar!!

OKay said...

I'm really happy that WB finally got one right, I truly am. It makes life much easier for me because hubby drags me out to ALL the comic book movies, and I have absolutely hated every single DC one so far. I genuinely enjoy the Marvel movies, and believe me, I say this as the most casual of fans.

But it is not lost on me that they got it right by just blatantly ripping off what Marvel/Disney are already doing. Why can't WB just make a good movie on their own, that stands on its own merits without being a copycat version of what I've been seeing since the first Iron Man?

Patreeki said...

If Thatcher and Merkel are to go by I'm sure women will do a fine job..

texasrose said...

She does have a smoking booty though....