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'Wonder Woman' Conquers the Domestic Box Office With Heroic $100.5 Million

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Stacy Diaz | 05 June, 2017, 07:49

The latest film in Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe exceeded expectations at the box office, bringing in an estimated $100.5 million during its opening in North America this weekend.

The film is also the highest ever opening weekend for a film directed by a female director.

"Wonder Woman" - starring Israeli model Gal Godot in the titular role and Chris Pine as the dude in distress - garnered a 93 percent "fresh" rating on the aggregate movie reviewer, Rotten Tomatoes.

The box office haul for the female superhero icon is smaller than the box office numbers of some of her caped male counterparts.

Remember a month ago, when Wonder Woman fans around the world were hoping they'd see a more robust marketing drive?

Dergarabedian said several factors contributed to the strong weekend performance, including a great release date, flawless casting and widespread acclaim.

Wonder Woman's $223 million opening weekend puts it just over the entire theatrical gross of the 2011 Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds. Compared to other superhero films, that's a better opening than Iron Man ($98.6 million) Doctor Strange ($85 million) and Thor ($65.7 million).

Goldstein said the studio knew they had "something special" after the reception to Gadot in "Batman v Superman". The animated release, in which a pair of students make their principal think he's a superhero by hypnotizing him, opened with $23.5 million. Disney and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues to stay in the top five, this weekend in the fourth slot. Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) rounds out the top 15 with a domestic start of $102.8 million. Cohen Media Group's historical drama "Churchill" is looking at $407,000 from 217 theaters. Now, "Wonder Woman" has helped close the gap to 3.4%. It's time.Then I realized that Wonder Woman 2 is its own great movie. It is also the first featuring a female heroine to work at the box office after the quick death of both Catwoman and Elektra in the mid-2000s.