"Wonder Woman" Broke the Record for Highest Earning Opening With Female Director

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 6, 2017

The heroine is also famous from the classic 1970s show Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter, which raised her pop culture profile.

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, now holds the title of biggest box office opening for a female-directed film, raking in just over $100 million this past weekend.

The previous United States opening weekend record for a female-directed film was the $85 million (£66 million) taken by Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades Of Grey in 2015. Director Patty Jenkins took the record from Sam Taylor-Johnson for 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey".

And it was incredibly important to Gregson-Williams as a composer that Wonder Woman's big debut to the world of mankind reflected this more measured approach and emphasized her own journey in the "No Man's Land" sequence. "Wonder Woman" is a smart, thoughtful film that cares about its characters and takes its time setting its story in motion, which is more than can be said for many superhero films. One of her comrades then informs her that the whipping is in effort to get the horses to hurry.

Warner Bros.' distribution chief, Jeff Goldstein, seems to agree that the film is particularly timely, telling BBC, "Globally this property has just resonated with fans".

Yet researchers who have spent years charting the lack of progress for female directors in Hollywood are skeptical much has changed.

The well-reviewed movie (93% positive rating on critic site Rotten Tomatoes) drew a fairly split audience, with 52% female and 48% male.

"This saves the day, at least for now, for the summer box office", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. "I want my film to be celebrated", Jenkins said before her film's debut.

Wonder Woman on Friday became the first major studio tentpole blockbuster release to center around a female superhero. After that she directed few episodes of Arrested Development and Entourage. I made Wonder Woman.

Technically, she already has come to America with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but I get what Jenkins is saying.

Add in the foreign box office of $122.5 million, and that's a $223 million opening weekend for Gal Gadot's version of Princess Diana.

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