Wonder Woman Shatters International Superhero Glass Ceiling

Wonder Woman Shatters International Superhero Glass Ceiling

Nearly everyone has been anticipating the release of DC’s Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. Wonder Woman hit the theaters on June 2, and has been crashing the box offices globally since then. With a few days of its release, it was already hitting top dollars, as we reported previously. Besides the glorious $100 million that the movie brought in stateside, Wonder Woman amazingly grossed $123 million in overseas screenings. For those too lazy to do the math, that’s around $223 million total. That type of smashing open grossing puts Wonder Woman above other superhero movies like both Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy volumes and DC’s Man of Steel.

China killed international sales with $38 million, the fourth largest opening of all time for a Warner Bros. film. Korea brought in $8.5 million in earnings, followed closely behind by Mexico ($8.4 million) and Brazil ($8.3 million). The film also showed strong in the U.K. where it earned $7.5 million.

Wonder Woman also topped the previous record holder of best domestic opening for a female director, Fifty Shades of Grey. But even as fans are celebrating the phenomenal release, it’s worth nothing that Wonder Woman sits at about 16th among other superhero movies, as ranked by Box Office Mojo. It’s also worth noting that films like Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3 starred big names, and DC hasn’t had a hit without Batman or Superman dropping by.

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Wonder Woman has also been doing incredibly well in the critic’s department, garnering a Fresh 93% from Rotten Tomatoes. That makes it one of the higher rated superhero films on Rotten Tomatoes, beating out all of the Marvel ventures. In pre-release reviews, it fared well, too. Many called it a breakthrough film for female directors and hailed it for showing that female-led superhero movies can actually work. Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros, told the Associated Press, “It shows that superhero movies aren’t just about men. They’re about women as well. All the noise about Patty Jenkins breaking the glass ceiling for directors, I think that added to it as well.”

Before Wonder Woman, Jenkins directed Monster, a low-budget Academy Award winner starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. Israeli actress Gal Gadot was known for the Fast & Furious franchise before making her Wonder Woman debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Images courtesy of DC/Warner Bros.


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Beckie Grunewald is a features writer at GeekFeed. She has written for Amazon, managed technical writing at several firms, and has worked as an editor for numerous publications.
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