'Wonder Woman' has biggest opening ever for a female director


"Wonder Woman" conquered milestones and movie myths at North American theaters, where the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film powered its way to a $100.5 million debut this weekend and became the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman.

The impressive haul gave the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film the biggest opening ever for a movie directed by a woman. Considering Wonder Woman's longevity, it's very surprising that there haven't been more adaptations in that time.

Overseas, "Wonder Woman" is opening in nearly every major market. The follow-up film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, did better at the box office, with $873 million worldwide, but fared worse with critics, falling at a 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

All that said, Warner Bros. has already seen a lot of success with DC Extended Universe properties, even in the face of critical outcry.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, has received rave reviews for her performance as the superhero.

As for the Wonder Woman 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital release dates, we'll likely hear that official announcement sometime around Comic-Con next month.

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"Wonder Woman" now has a stellar 94 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes in a major win for Warners and DC Entertainment, whose "Man of Steel" (2013) and "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) were largely snubbed by critics.

DC films have historically done well at the box office but have been less popular with critics.

Other big-title female heroes like Catwoman ($16.7-million) and Elektra ($12.8-million) have also failed to break through.

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" should land in third this weekend with about $22 million from 4,276 locations. This weekend previous year "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" flopped, but still led the domestic box office with $35 million.

"This saves the day, at least for now, for the summer box office", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.

Following Memorial Day weekend's sluggish performance, the summer box office trailed last year's by almost 9%. "The trick now is to keep this momentum rolling as we head into June and beyond".