The DC Extended Universe blockbuster Wonder Woman reached another milestone over the weekend by crossing $800 million at the worldwide box office. Wonder Woman's success has been a longtime coming, since the film marks the first live-action iteration of the character since the Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter from 1975-1979.
While there were attempts to bring the Amazon warrior princess to the big and small screens in-between, Wonder Woman officially re-emerged in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a supporting role, and Gadot effectively stole the third act from her co-stars Ben Affleck (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman) in the process. By that time a Wonder Woman solo movie was already in the works with Jenkins at the helm, and the momentum established by Gadot in BvS clearly carried over to the character's origins story that opened in the first weekend of June, and earned more than $100 million in domestic ticket sales.
Fortunately for Warner Bros. and DC, that was just the beginning of a dominant box office run. By the end of the July, Wonder Woman became the highest grossing movie at this summer’s domestic box office, and earlier this month, the film reached the $400 million mark at the domestic box office.
Thanks to ticket sales in North America and in foreign territories across the globe this weekend, Wonder Woman has now officially doubled the number it's taken in domestically internationally. According to Box Office Mojo, the film crossed the $800 million plateau worldwide on Sunday. While the foreign breakdown of ticket sales is pending, Wonder Woman took in $1.1 million at 803 locations domestically for a 16th place finish domestically.
In addition to topping the $800 million global mark, Wonder Woman earned enough domestically over the three-day weekend to bring its tally to $404 million, which gave the film enough juice to pass the final take of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, which earned $403.7 million in 2002. At current, Wonder Woman is now the sixth-highest grossing superhero film of all-time domestically.
While Wonder Woman reached perhaps its biggest milestone yet, the celebration is just beginning. The home video release is around the corner (the film will be released digitally August 29 and on Blu-ray September 19), and fans will get to see the character once again in Justice League in November (hopefully in a more sizable role than in BvS), and Warner Bros. is planning on an active campaign for Wonder Woman in this year’s Academy Awards.
No matter the outcome of the Oscars, more golden opportunities for the Amazon warrior princess lie ahead, with possible turns in other upcoming DCEU solo movies, as well as Wonder Woman 2 in December 2019. Best of all, Jenkins will be returning to the helm to guide Gadot in the superhero sequel, earning the filmmaker the highest paycheck yet for a female director – an honor that's more than well-deserved.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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