the first feature film for the iconic DC superhero, and the first ever female-directed superhero film made roughly $100.5 million at the domestic box office this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.
Add in the foreign box office of $122.5 million, and thats a $223 million opening weekend forGal Gadotsversion of Princess Diana.
Not to be dramatic, but this is huge freakin deal for several reasons.
First, director Patty Jenkins just smashed the record for thelargest opening weekend for a female director, previously held bySam Taylor-Johnson fors $85.2 million opening. So thats pretty dang cool.
And second, despitethe characters legacy and impact, its taken Wonder Woman nearly 76 years of existence to finally get her own film.
Thats not for lack of trying a film of some sorts has been on the Hollywood development floor since the 90s, following the success of the popular TV series starring Lynda Carter.
But it could never quite get off the ground until now, because according to pretty much everyone film producers doubt people will pay money to see ladies with super powers.
If you dont believe me, listen to the films director, Patty Jenkins, who recently told Cinemablend why it took so long to get this shiz made.
The only thing I can think of is that the genre became synonymous with young men, and so I think there was a concern that they wouldnt be as interested in a female lead and its taken years for that to sort itself out.
Which meant that when finally did get made, the pressure was on to prove these sexist Hollywood execs so, so wrong.
And ladies, I dont think its premature to say WE DID IT!
This weekend, had a bigger combined domestic and foreign opening than the first,, and
In just one weekend, its already earned more than any other female-led superhero film made in its entire theatrical run.
So what does this mean?
Well, we hope it means that Hollywood will wake up and realize women are ready and willing to spend money on films that are made by women, about women.
Realistically, we know its probably going to continue to be a frustrating journey of proving our worth to the world.
But hey, were superheroes. What could go wrong?