Wonder Woman is claiming the box office as the film rises to top with an expected $97.1 million opening weekend. About a month ago, the film was tracking to make less than $70 million, but that just goes to show what word-of-mouth, positive critical and fan response, and a great social media presence can do. At the Friday box office alone, the film made $38.9 million, which included $11 million in Thursday previews.
The film, the first female-led superhero movie, has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 94% fresh rating. Wonder Woman has already knocked out other box office contenders this week, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch included.
Aside from making a big splash at the box office, Wonder Woman is also one of only five DC/Warner Bros. films to get an A CinemaScore. Three of the five films are Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. The end of the day today and early tomorrow will see if the movie will surpass $100 million. Female audiences are outnumbering male audiences, 52% to 48%. Director Patty Jenkins is in talks to be helming the film’s sequel and is currently on track to break the record for highest-grossing opening weekend by a female director.
Have you seen Wonder Woman? What did you think? You can check out Heroic Hollywood’s glowing review of the film here.