Wonder Woman sets record for female directed films after $100 million opening
Wonder Woman is set to become the highest opening film directed by a woman in Hollywood history after raking in $100 million.
The Patty Jenkins-directed film grossed $35.6 million from 4,156 screens on Saturday, and is now expected to join Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the third 2017 movie with a $100 million-plus opening.
The Warner Bros./DC film has overtaken the previous record set by female director Sam Taylor-Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey, which enjoyed a $85.6 million opening.
The weekend is estimated to have totalled $103.1 million, making Wonder Woman the second-highest June opening for a Warner Bros. film behind only Man of Steel with $128 million.
It has overtaken a number of Marvel movies as well, such as the first Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Last week, Lebanon banned showings of Wonder Woman due to the lead actress, Gal Gadot, being Israeli.
A six-member Ministry of Economy committee placed the ban approximately two hours before its debut in Lebanon and after the regular censorship procedures, according to reports. The country is at war with Israel and has introduced laws boycotting Israeli products and forbidding Lebanese citizens from travelling or having contact with Israeli citizens.
The ban was announced on the official Twitter feed of Lebanon’s Grand Cinemas chain, alongside other sources confirming the news. The group Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon have applauded the ministry’s call for the ban, having launched a campaign against the film themselves due to the fact Gadot served in the Israeli army and publicly supported Israeli forces as the country led a military offensive against Gaza.
Wonder Woman is out in cinemas now.