'Wonder Woman' Hits $100 Million, Record for Female Director

DC Comics delivered another win for parent Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) as “Wonder Woman” pulled in $100 million at the box office this weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, it was also the largest opening gross for a female director.

Patty Jenkins directed the movie. Her best-known film is “Monster,” which was released in 2003 and won star Charlize Theron the Oscar for Best Actress.

“Wonder Woman” stars a supermodel and former Miss Israel (2004). She was also a member of the Israel Defense Forces, where she served as a combat trainer. She has previously been in four Fast & Furious movies.

“Wonder Woman” is part of what is known as the DC Extended Universe films. These include “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016), “Suicide Squad” (2016) and “Man of Steel” (2013). As a group these have brought in over $1 billion. “Wonder Woman” will add substantially to that total.

According to Box Office Mojo:

Wonder Woman exceeded all expectations this weekend, delivering an impressive $100 million opening, the largest opening for a female-directed feature, vastly out-performing the previous record holder Fifty Shades of Grey, which debuted with $85.1 million back in 2015. Meanwhile, Fox’s release of the DreamWorks Animation feature Captain Underpants came up a little short of Mojo’s forecast while mildly outperforming the studio’s modest expectations. Overall, the weekend dramatically outperformed the post holiday weekend from 2016 by a massive 38% as the top twelve delivered a combined $176 million.

The film was very well reviewed. Rotten Tomatoes said theater goers gave it an unusually high 93% positive ratings. Reviews followed by the website gave the same level of approval.

What remains to be seen is how large the gross for “Wonder Woman” will be eventually. The movie brought in $155 million overseas during the weekend.  The average DC Extended Universe movie has brought in $262 million domestically.