”Wonder Woman” CRUSHES with $100.5 million opening

New York City–“Wonder Woman” conquered milestones and motion picture misconceptions at North American theaters, where the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero movie powered its method to a $100.5 million launching this weekend and ended up being the biggest smash hit ever directed by a woman.

Woman have long had a hard time to gain access behind the camera of Hollywood’s greatest productions. Female directors accounted for simply 9 percent of the 250 top-grossing motion pictures in North America in 2015 and just 7 percent in 2016.

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.

Some still had concerns with “Wonder Woman.” Online critics experienced gender inequality after the Alamo Drafthouse set up a handful of female-only screenings throughout the country. Lebanon prohibited the film due to the fact that Gadot is Israeli.

Nevertheless,  “Wonder Woman” represents a turning point for Warner Bros. and DC Comics, which have together struggled recently to match the Marvel-Disney juggernaut.

While “Wonder Woman” didn’t match the box-office might of “Batman v. Superman” ($166 million opening) or “Suicide Squad”($133.7 million), it was much better-received than those roundly derided releases.

Last week’s top movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,”slid considerably to $21.6 million in its 2nd week. It landed in 3rd place, behind Fox’s “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”

The animated release, where a pair of students makes their principal think he’s a superhero by hypnotizing him, opened with$23.5 million.

But “Pirates” still sails well overseas. It’s made $386.6 million globally, owning the Disney follow up to more than $500 million globally.

The success of”Wonder Woman” gave the summer box workplace a much-needed charge. Hence far, the season’s only hit has been its first:”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

It’s made $355.5 million in North America and $816.6 million worldwide. “Wonder Woman” though, pushed the week’s ticket office up 30 percent over the same week last year, according to comScore.

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