‘Wonder Woman’ makes history as the biggest opening weekend for a female director

‘Wonder Woman’ made history at the weekend with the highest opening domestic box office for a female director. 

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Patty Jenkins’ anticipated and acclaimed superhero movie broke the glass ceiling by earning an estimated $100.5 million according to boxofficepro.com.

The statistics make ‘Wonder Woman’ the highest grossing domestic opening for a female director, ever, surpassing Sam Taylor-Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of E.L James’ novel grossed $85.1 million back in 2015.

At the worldwide box-office, Fifty Shades of Grey still retains the record having grossed $242 million against Wonder Woman’s $223 million opening.

The superhero flick has also received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, scoring a 93 per cent fresh rating.

“This movie resonated globally. Wonder Woman is a woman for our time, and her message and the tone that Patty Jenkins set forth connects with now.”

As expected, women came out in droves to support the movie. According to ComScore, 53% of the audience was women, compared to 47% of the audience being male.

National Association of Theatre Owners CEO & President John Fithian expressed:

“What we really look forward to is the day when a movie directed by a woman and telling a woman’s story is no longer news because it was successful – or even that it was produced at all – because such movies should be a matter of routine.”

“We will grow our audiences by telling more stories that tell their stories.”

Jenkins’ success adds to the surge of success for female directors, with Sofia Coppola historically winning Best Director at Cannes last week.

‘Wonder Woman’ is currently playing in UK cinemas.

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