Warner Bros. has just launched their latest DCEU installment in Wonder Woman, and it’s already breaking box office records. After successful financial efforts in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, the Gal Gadot solo film is doing quite well at the box office as well.
The film was previously pegged to open between $65M and $100M, although many expected it to hit the higher points of those estimates. This especially became the case in the wake of extremely positive early reactions; the reviews have Wonder Woman competing to be the highest reviewed superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes, where it is already certified fresh. Thanks in part to the buzz surrounding Patty Jenkins’ film, it has surpassed projections and broke a few records.
Variety is reporting that the current three day estimate for Wonder Woman will give it a $100.5 million haul. This is still from projections so the official, final numbers could vary slightly but either way it will be enough to break a major record: the biggest opening by a female director. Fifty Shades of Grey and director Sam Taylor-Johnson previously held the record with an $85.1 million opening.
While it is no surprise at this point that Wonder Woman is doing well, it is great to see just how good it is doing not only at the box office but with fans and newcomers alike. Critics have loved it, but audiences have been just as overwhelmingly positive. Good word of mouth is very good for the box office, and cracking $100M is exactly the type of figure to convince Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 2 out sooner.
The final numbers will determine where exactly it ranks alongside other superhero films, but it will regardless be the 16th comic book movie to crack $100M in its opening weekend. Not only is this opening great for Wonder Woman, but should give future DCEU films some positivity going forward.
This can only mean good things for Justice League, which features Gal Gadot as a prominent figure; with audiences loving her solo film and tp a degree what she did in BvS, Diana Prince could be a driving force in garnering further interest in the future of the DCEU. But, for now, it is Wonder Woman‘s time to shine.