'Wonder Woman' conquers milestone with $100.5 million debut


So there were a number of factors behind the unquestionable and much-deserved success of Wonder Woman.

Director Patty Jenkins now holds the record among female filmmakers for the most lucrative opening weekend ever. A big hit from a female director and star is a big deal for a film industry that is way too slow at handing out top jobs to women.

The box office haul for the female superhero icon is smaller than the box office numbers of some of her caped male counterparts.

Some still had issues with "Wonder Woman".

Dergarabedian said several factors contributed to the strong weekend performance, including a great release date, ideal casting and widespread acclaim.

The DC superhero movie is powering to an estimated $100.5m opening weekend in the States. Warners and DC's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) is No. 5 on the list with a domestic debut of $166 million.

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A strong global performance has seen Wonder Woman take home an estimated $223 million worldwide. Compared to other superhero films, that's a better opening than Iron Man ($98.6 million) Doctor Strange ($85 million) and Thor ($65.7 million).

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Time to go stock up on Wonder Woman products! "If you are still focused on attracting young men to the box office, you will continue to hire mostly (formerly) young men to speak to them".

Jenkins' movie opens as World War I pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and his plane crash on Themyscira, the island of the Amazons, where Princess Diana (Gadot) has been trained by her aunt, the great warrior Antiope (Robin Wright). "The trick now is to keep this momentum rolling as we head into June and beyond".