Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Wonder Woman Beats Green Lantern's Total Box Office Gross In One Weekend

It was back in April when director Patty Jenkins was giving an interview with Entertainment Weekly and she was already thinking about the storyline for a second Wonder Woman film. A big hit from a female director and star is a big deal for a film industry that is way too slow at handing out top jobs to women.

Reaching Hollywood's biggest opening weekend for a female director is certainly a glass-ceiling-breaking milestone, but Jenkins says there is still more that needs to be done when it comes to who gets to tell Hollywood's stories. The $100.5 reality far surpasses these projections, and puts it past the $98.6 million opening weekend for the first Iron Man. The film made just $219 million on a budget of $200 million, making it a costly flop and prompting the studio to cancel the plans for the sequel.

Sony's Spider-Man (2002) - which cast the mold for the modern-day superhero blockbuster - holds at No. 14 on the list with a domestic launch of $114.8 million, not accounting for inflation. "Baywatch" rounds out the top five this weekend with about $8.5 million from 3,647 locations.

It wasn't just domestic numbers that are topped off, though; globally, the film took in another $122.5 million, including a number one debut with $38 million in China alone, to give it a grand worldwide total of $223 million for its first week! In the comic-book world, she, Batman and Superman are considered DC's trinity.

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Next weekend, "Wonder Woman" will have to battle "The Mummy".

"Fortunes rise and fall very quickly within the very small summer movie eco-system and only five weekends into the season, a solid overall marketplace performance can have a profound impact on the bottom line", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. Played by Gal Gadot, she rescues Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, and joins the spy for Britain in hopes of helping to bring a quick end to the Great War.

"Patty's vision mesmerized the audience. They're about women as well", said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros.

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