It’s been a wonderful weekend! Despite lackluster marketing and putrid product placement, the first major superhero movie starring a woman (Gal Gadot) and directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins), Wonder Woman opened to rave reviews (well mostly), and had a huge weekend at the box office. But that’s not all.
After a strong initial response from critics, it looked like Wonder Woman could be the highest rated live-action superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes. The second wave of reviews brought down that number a bit, but Wonder Woman is still scoring higher than such hits as Logan, Batman Begins, Spider-Man, and every MCU movie except for Iron Man. (She’s obviously still way above the rest of the DCEU titles). (Pajiba / Rotten Tomatoes)
Critics weren’t the only ones thrilled with the Gal Gadot-fronted DCEU epic. Reflecting the public’s opinion,Wonder Woman achieved a CinemaScore of A. (Cinema Score)
Let’s talk box office. Warner Bros. was conservatively estimating the film would take in between $ 65-75 million domestic its opening weekend. But by Friday, Wonder Woman had already amassed $ 38.85 million, including $ 11 mil from its Thursday night previews. And the money kept on rolling in. By Sunday morning, box office prognosticators were predicting a $ 95-100 million opening. The final result was closer to $ 100.5 million. And that’s just domestic. Wonder Woman took another $ 122 mil internationally, for a worldwide total of $ 223,005,000 in one weekend! (Box Office Mojo)
By exceeding the $ 100 mil mark opening weekend, Wonder Woman became one of 16 superhero movies to accomplish that feat, notably most of those are sequels. (THR)
By Sunday afternoon, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman had set the record as «the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman.» (NBC)
Or to put it another way:
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Hollywood should take note that while 52% of the audience who saw Wonder Woman opening weekend was female, 48% was male. Meaning that women drove the big debut, but a female protagonist in an action pic didn’t scare men away as Hollywood «logic» tends to assume. (Box Office Mojo)
In fact, there’s a lot of ways Wonder Woman proved conventional Hollywood wisdom wrong. (Forbes)
After running a review that was roundly mocked for a line that seemed to suggest women can only experience «pleasures of the flesh» with the help of a man, The Guardian ran a second review, this one written by Wendy Ide. (The Guardian)
Fox News has the sadz that Wonder Woman, a movie about a super-powered Amazon who battles alongside an American spy in World War I, isn’t patriotic enough. Beth Elderkin schools them. (iO9)
Eleanor Tremeer celebrates Wonder Woman and «the single greatest moment in superhero film history.» (Movie Pilot)
Shana O’Neil explored how Wonder Woman broke ground and made history by turning towards the light. (THR)
Wonder Woman is also proving a major moment in representation for the Blackfoot people, thanks to ugene Brave Rock and his carefully constructed character. (Indian Country)
Meanwhile fragile masculinity-havers are suing the Alamo Drafthouse over its women-only Wonder Woman screenings. He’s also suing/blaming Carson Daly. Angie Han reports. (Mashable)
Another enraged man wrote the mayor of Austin, where the first women-only screening was announced, to declare he was boycotting the city altogether and urges others to do the same because reverse-sexism, yadda yadda. The mayor’s response was so good even MCU’s Captain America cheered it. (Mayor Adler)
Despite being in a rival franchise, DCEU’s Wonder Woman had several MCU heroes cheering her solo film on.
Check out how Chris Hemsworth (the MCU’s Thor) responded when Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot threw down the gauntlet.
Logan helmer James Mangold also shared praise.
Some are already arguing the film’s Oscar chances. (THR)
Considering all this success, let’s talk Wonder Woman 2. Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are signed to return, should the movie be greenlit. (CBR)
Zack Snyder has confirmed Wonder Woman 2 is in development. (/Film)
But when a sequel would be set is being debated. It could take place during World War II, so following Wonder Woman, but still far preceding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where this incarnation of Diana Prince was introduced. Or it could take place in the present, following the events of the upcoming Justice League ensemble actioner. (Nerdist)
Jenkins has said it could be about Diana Prince coming to America, which suggests the former. (/Film)
And would we see the return of Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor?(Hello Giggles)
There’s a slew of Wonder Woman merchandise, including special edition Barbies, but we’re most excited about this one, because duh. (Barbie)
Lastly, the Legion of Women Writers teamed with Girls Inc. of New York City in a fundraiser to pay for 70 high-school aged girls to see Wonder Woman in theaters. They met their initial goal ($ 1,2000) in less than a day, and have been raising the stakes ever since. All the additional donations will go toward Girls Inc of NYC’s Annual College Shower, which helps freshman girls pay for college costs. (Go Fund Me)
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