Wonder Woman may be this summer’s most highly anticipated blockbuster in the United States, but the DCEU’s first female-led installment is headed for what could be a huge box office debut in Israel, the home country of the film’s leading lady, Gal Gadot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film which began screenings on Wednesday night in select theaters could be the biggest opening for Warner Bros. in years, taking a total of $1.8 million over the four-day weekend (around 6.5 million shekels). Last year’s superhero epic only managed to take $1.1 million in its opening weekend.
In fact, the country has never seen one of their own rise to the success that Gadot will have accomplished when the film hits theaters this weekend and the excitement surrounding the film’s release in the country is unprecedented. We learned yesterday that the two biggest skyscrapers in the country — the Azrieli Towers — lit up with messages on Monday telling the actress “We are proud of you, Gal Gadot,” on one tower with the other reading “Our Wonder Woman.”
Israel Hayom newspaper columnist Adi Rubinstein wrote that the entire country has rallied behind Gadot in support of the actress:
“There is no one Israeli that is non-supportive. Gadot is the leading Israeli product on TV all over the world right now – no format, idea or Israeli persona can successfully do what Gadot has been doing this past month.”
Guy Pines, host of the Israeli entertainment and celebrity news show Erev Tov With Guy Pines told THR how humble the star has remained in light of her success in Hollywood since her debut in 2009’s Fast & Furious, as he stressed the importance of pronouncing her name correctly:
“Gal has been a household name in Israel for years, keeping her cool and down-to-earth persona, unlike many others, even when she became such a huge star. Knowing how many others dream and work so hard to get there, you just can’t not love her and appreciate her amazing achievement. And pleaaassse try to pronounce her name right. Ga-dott!”
The massive support seen for Gadot comes due to her two years spent in the Israel Defense Forces as a physical trainer after she won the Miss Israel pageant in 2004. Gadot will be seen reprising her role as Wonder Woman again when Zack Snyder’s Justice League hits theaters this fall.