Director Patty Jenkins' superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman has reached another major movie milestone by passing $400 million at the domestic box office. It's been a wonderful summer for actress Gal Gadot, who after her stunning debut as the Amazon warrior princess in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, made the long-anticipated Wonder Woman solo movie a reality when it debuted in theaters in June.
Taking the action back to World War I, Wonder Woman chronicles the origins of Diana, Princess of Themyscira (Gadot), who after leaving her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and her island paradise behind, teams with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) to confront the looming threat of the God of War Ares, and the destruction he will bring the world.
Earning more than $100 million in domestic ticket sales in its opening frame, Wonder Woman has proceeded to knock down one record after then next to become the highest grossing movie at this summer's domestic box office at the end of July. Having passed the $3oo million mark at the end of June, the film, still maintained strong enough box office legs in North America throughout July and early August to reach its new benchmark.
According to Variety, Wonder Woman will reach the $400 million domestic milestone by the end of the weekend. The achievement comes in the film's 10th week of release after finishing at No. 13 stateside with more than $2.3 million in ticket sales. Still playing on more than 1,300 screens, the film appears primed to reach another milestone in the coming week when it passes director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, which grossed $403.7 million. When than happens, Wonder Woman will become the sixth-highest grossing superhero film of all-time domestically.
While stateside Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing DC Extended Universe film by far (Man of Steel’s took in $330.3 million, while Suicide Squad ended with a domestic total of $325.1 million), it's quite unlikely that it will approach the top DC films of all-time. Director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is top earner in that regard with a domestic total of $534.9 million, while its follow-up, The Dark Knight Rises, made $448.1 million at the North American box office in 2012. Internationally it also has the behemoth of Batman v Superman on $872 million
No matter what Wonder Woman's final totals wind up being, both domestically and globally (the current worldwide tally is at $793.4 million), everyone involved in the production, from Jenkins and Gadot to Warner Bros. and DC film head Geoff Johns, should be proud knowing that the film has not only defied expectations, but breathed new life into the DCEU following the mixed reception of Batman v Superman.
The great thing is, while Wonder Woman is near to the end of its theatrical run, there's still plenty of excitement ahead. Not only will the iconic character be a part of Justice League in November, Warner Bros. is planning on an active campaign for Wonder Woman in this year's Oscar race. Whether or not the film actually gets nominated for any Oscars, fans have already been awarded their prize since the studio announced at San Diego Comic-Con last month that Wonder Woman 2 is set for a December 2019 theatrical release.
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- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020