‘Wonder Woman” continues to smash the superhero glass ceiling, with the latest figures showing the Gal Gadot comic book film is on track to earn $400 million in worldwide box office sales by the end of this weekend.
The well-reviewed movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, easily surpassed industry expectations with one of the summer’s biggest debuts, pulling in $103.1 million in North America on its first weekend — a record for a female-directed film.
By Thursday it had raked in $300 million in global box office sales. According to The Wrap, the movie is currently projected to reach $400 million by Sunday.
Starring Israeli Gadot as the Amazonian warrior princess, “Wonder Woman” is the rare female-led film in an overwhelmingly male superhero landscape.
It proved a hit with moviegoers, earning a CinemaScore of A and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92 percent. While skewing somewhat female, it drew a fairly evenly split audience. Warner Bros. said 52% of the audience was female and 48% male.
“It shows that superhero movies aren’t just about men. They’re about women as well,” said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros. “All the noise about Patty Jenkins breaking the glass ceiling for directors, I think that added to it as well.”
Reviewers were overwhelmingly positive about the film, with many gushing over Gadot as “electric” and an “inspired choice” for the role.
Gadot, 32, a former Miss Israel, was born in Rosh Ha’ayin, the daughter of a teacher and an engineer; her mother’s parents were Holocaust survivors. A former model, she is married with two daughters.
The film centers on the backstory of Amazon warrior Diana Prince, born on the all-female island of Themyscira, and her mission to help save the world during World War I.
The film has been banned in Lebanon, because of its Israeli star.
Jenkins, who previously directed 2003’s “Monster” starring Charlize Theron, now holds the record for biggest domestic opening for a female director. The previous mark was Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” with $85.1 million in 2015.
“Wonder Woman” also represents a turning point for Warner Bros. and DC Comics, which have together struggled in recent years to match the Marvel-Disney juggernaut. While “Wonder Woman” didn’t match the box-office might of “Batman v. Superman” (a $166 million opening) or “Suicide Squad” ($133.7 million), it was much better received than those roundly derided releases.
“This is a dramatic step in the right direction,” Goldstein said. “We’ve heard fans. We’ve heard critics. These properties are very complicated and beloved. To get it right, it takes a lot of work. I think on this movie, all of us got it right.”