‘Wonder Woman’ soars past ‘Spider-Man’ to biggest superhero origin movie ever

Pulling in over $404m in US and $800m worldwide, Gal Gadot’s character becomes among the highest Hollywood moneymakers ever

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Clay Enos/DC Comics/via JTA)
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Clay Enos/DC Comics/via JTA)

“Wonder Woman,” the now-iconic Warner Bros. superhero flick starring Israel’s own Gal Gadot, hit a domestic US earnings total of $404.1 million this week, and pushed past the $800 million mark worldwide.

That makes it the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time in the domestic US market, the seventh-highest earning comic book film in Hollywood history, and the number-one all-time earner when sequels are taken out of the running, according to a tally by the Forbes business journal.

It puts the rare woman-led superhero action film ahead of the 2002 origin film “Spider-Man,” starring Tobey Maguire, which raked in $403.7 million domestically.

“Wow! Just heard the news! Thank u to everyone who has shown their support to WW in theaters! What an amazing ride this has been! #grateful,” Gadot tweeted.

And the film is poised to hit even greater heights.

It only opens in Japan on August 25, positioning it to beat the $821 million worldwide tally “Spider-Man” pulled in.

Forbes notes it’s not far from beating other top-earning movies in the genre. Another mere $5 million in US domestic earnings — “Wonder Woman” is still showing at over 800 theaters in the US — would carry the princess of Themyscira past “The Hunger Games” and “Captain America: Civil War” (both earned $408 million), and even past the overall US domestic superhero top earner, 2013’s “Iron Man 3” ($409 million).

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