Wonder Woman has officially become the highest-grossing superhero origin movie at the domestic box office. The Patty Jenkins-directed film has surpassed virtually every expectation, both critically and commercially. It not only came off the heels of three divisive films, two of which were meant to launch the burgeoning DC Extended Universe (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad), but the movie -- which sees Gal Gadot reprise her Batman V Superman role as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman -- was also the first major female-led superhero movie of its kind.
It became the DCEU's first movie to be certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it also managed to surpass each DCEU film at the domestic box office, and all but one (Batman V Superman) at the worldwide box office. Wonder Woman's incredible box office success, both domestically and globally, has garnered Jenkins the record for the highest-grossing film directed by a woman, surpassing both Phyllida Lloyd's Mamma Mia! ($609.8 million) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson's Kung Fu Panda 2 ($665.7 million). The thing is, the film wasn't done breaking records yet.
Wonder Woman passed $400 million at the domestic box office earlier this month (becoming the only summer movie to do so), and it passed $800 million globally this weekend. It currently has a global cume of exactly $800 million, of which slightly more than half comes from domestic theaters: $404 million. According to Box Office Mojo, that number puts Wonder Woman just past Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man film ($403.7 million), starring Tobey Maguire, thus making Wonder Woman the highest-grossing superhero origin story ever released.
It's worth noting that Wonder Woman had passed Spider-Man's unadjusted gross, but considering that all domestic records are determined by unadjusted grosses, the record still stands. The record also means that Wonder Woman has surpassed every other superhero origin story domestically, including the likes of Batman ($251 million), Big Hero 6 ($222 million), Iron Man ($318 million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($333 million), and even Deadpool ($363 million) -- which remains in third place.
Furthermore, since Wonder Woman has broken past the $800 million mark globally, it remains in second place for the superhero origin record at the worldwide box office, which Spider-Man still holds at $821 million. Considering that the DCEU movie has yet to release in Japan (August 25), where it's expected to perform quite well, it's possible that Wonder Woman overthrows Spider-Man altogether. And if it manages to perform remotely as well as Frozen did in Japan, it's possible that it could dethrone Batman V Superman ($873.3 million) to become the highest-grossing DCEU movie thus far. Regardless of whether or not the film breaks anymore records, it has had quite the run at the box office, and anticipation is now even higher for Wonder Woman 2.
Source: Box Office Mojo
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- 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
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