“Wonder Woman” Gets The Largest Ever Opening Weekend For Female Director


The upcoming and highly anticipated “Wonder Woman” won an estimated $100.5 million at the domestic box office. This is considered by many to be a huge milestone in terms of gender equality in the industry.

The Record

According to boxofficepro.com, Petty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” has received an estimated $100.5 million at the domestic box office- making it the largest ever opening weekend for a film by a female director. The previous record belonged to Taylor Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which had a $85.1 million opening.

To put this win in perspective, Wonder Woman made more than “Iron Man” in 2008, which made $98.6 million, “Thor” in 2011, which made $65.7 million, “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011, which made $65 million, “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014, which made $94.3 million, and this month’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which made $100 million.

It fell short to 2016’s “Deadpool,” which made $132 million, 2013’s “Man of Steel”, which made $116.6 million, and the 2002 “Spider-Man” movie, which made $114.8 million.

Comments on the Upcoming Movie

The upcoming Wonder Woman is seen as a milestone for many feminists. However, on the other side of that spectrum, there are also many who are not too amused about the upcoming film. For example, Michelle Wolf from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah joked that she thinks it’ll be a milestone for women when they could make a “bad superhero movie” and still make more female superhero movies.

Some Fox News hosts also seem upset that the movie isn’t “American enough.” I think, nowadays, sadly, money trumps patriotism,” said Dion Baia, a guest on Your World with Neil Cavuto. “Especially, recently, I personally feel like we’re not really very patriotic, the country, in a certain sense. They want these movies to succeed internationally, so they’re going to dial back.”