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Warner Bros./DC’s Wonder Woman is breaking barriers and smashing records. It beat its Sunday projections with $103.1 million at the domestic box office, $223 million globally, and a certified 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. This has given way to a whole new outlook on superhero movies and women in entertainment. Directed by Patty Jenkins, it’s the number one debut of any female director in history and is so far performing better than most prior DC Movies.
Wonder Woman follows Diana Prince, an Amazonian princess played by Gal Gadot, who happened to be five months pregnant during the filming! (take that Beyonce). The fictional superhero by DC Comics came out in October 1941, and has now grown to become a superhero staple and part of the Justice League. After this weekend, Wonder Woman will be thrown into the cultural echelon for another generation.
Female directors, producers and collaborators in the film world take note, this is a huge win for diversity in front of and behind the screen. Fifty-two percent of first weekend audiences were women, whereas previous DC and Marvel properties have counted on audiences with a male majority of 60% or more.
There is still a very long battle to fight for women in Hollywood, but recently we’ve seen a well deserved yet slow rise of women making an impact in Hollywood. We’ve seen many dominate the executive branches and Wonder Woman is a sign of the times for the creative artists as well. Sofia Coppola just won best director at the Cannes Film Festival, Annapurna’s coming out this year with Detroit directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Ava Duvernay who directed Selma, is releasing a film with Rhianna, and so many more inspirational stories exist.
Over the next week expect executives to speculate, talk and wonder why Wonder Woman did so well, but simply put it was just a good, entertaining and honest film. With the success of DC, Marvel now has to be on their toes, hopefully DC has cracked the code. Expect more superhero movies, more bets on diversity, and more women calling the creative shots. There’s still more work to do, but this weekend, progress was made.