The numbers are still coming in, but Wonder Woman looks set to make over $100 million it's opening weekend in the US. Combined with global sales, the number is a whopping $220 million, officially cementing it as the biggest blockbuster opening by a female director in history. Wait, you mean that all those boardrooms full of white men in suits have been saying that a female-led and directed superhero movie wouldn't be profitable were wrong? Color me shocked.
Warner bros. predicted the film would make $65-70 million in the US its opening weekend, meaning that the film has far exceeded all expectations. Patty Jenkins, who directed the film, is one of the very few women who have helmed a film with a budget of over $100 million. There's no doubt that, had the film flopped, its failure would have been blamed on its subject and director.
While of course there is power in the success of these women--Jenkins, star Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman herself--it shouldn't still be necessary to make these distinctions. This shouldn't be the first big-budget superhero movie about and directed by women. Women are an integral part of comic book fandom, and there are endless female superheroes who merit a film--honestly, there have been almost 10 different actors play Batman in the past 20 years and there still isn't a Black Widow movie?
Wonder Woman is in theaters worldwide.