Wonder Woman cracks box office glass ceiling

Gal Gadot-fronted film nets more than $200m. worldwide.

Gal Gadot  (photo credit: REUTERS)
Gal Gadot
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Superhero movie Wonder Woman broke records this weekend, making it the best US opening for a female-directed film.
The Warner Bros. movie starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot raked in $100.5 million domestically.
That broke the previous record, held by Sam Taylor- Johnson for her Fifty Shades of Grey, which made $85.2m. in its first weekend.
Wonder Woman, which was screened in 4,165 locations across North America, also did notably well with female movie-goers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 52% of viewers were female, while most superhero films average about a 60% male audience.
The film garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews, with many praising it as a feminist triumph and others singling out Gadot for accolades.
Despite a ban on the film in Lebanon over Gadot’s IDF service, the movie did well internationally, raking in $122.5m. across the globe. It was the number one opening in China, where it made $38m., the UK, where it took in $7.5m., and Mexico, where it netted $8.4m. Of course, this doesn’t include markets where the film has yet to premiere, including France, Germany, Spain and Japan.
Wonder Woman delivered the 16th-largest opening weekend for a comic-book film ever. According to website boxofficemojo.com, “It would be no shock to see it deliver $300m. domestically or at least very close to that figure.”
While Lebanon officially banned the film because of Gadot, Algeria denied reports that it was doing the same. According to Agence France-Presse, while Wonder Woman was removed from an upcoming screening, officials promised that it was due to administrative and operations concerns and not related to any boycott effort. An Algerian official told AFP that he hoped the release would be rescheduled. Film premieres are still expected to take place this month in Morocco, Egypt, Oman and Bahrain.
The film has already easily surpassed previous female-fronted superhero movies, including 2004’s Catwoman, which made $82m. total worldwide, and 2005’s Elektra, which grossed $57m. total.
Reuters contributed to this report.