The Real Wonder Woman: Meet the Director Who Is Breaking Box Office Records


Jun 5, 2017

The Real Wonder Woman: Meet the Director Who Is Breaking Box Office Records

Female heroes are moving from the big screen, to behind the camera, as Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, breaks box office record for the film's opening weekend.

Wonder Woman premiered in theaters Friday, June 2 and has already earned $100.5 million from US/Canada box office alone, officially becoming the biggest opening weekend by a female produced film, surpassing Sam Taylor-Johnson's $81.1 million record in 2015 for her "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Jenkin's film, with a production budget of $150 million, earned $223 million worldwide - and it's only the Monday post Friday release.

The female-led superhero film starring former Miss Israel, Gal Gadot, and directed by Patty Jenkins, didn't need superpowers to produce these box office numbers.

"Globally this property has just resonated with fans," Warner Bros' distribution chief Jeff Goldstein told BBC News. "There's something iconic about... the story of Wonder Woman that's hitting the zeitgeist perfectly."

Jenkins, awarded the Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing a Drama Series in 2012 for her "The Killing" and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for her 2004 "Monster," is a 45-year-old American film director, screenwriter and the first female to be handed a blockbuster budget to produce a superhero movie.

As for Wonder Woman herself, Gadot served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for two years as a soldier, making her screen debut in the fourth Fast and Furious film in 2009, continuing the series through its sixth film. Since then, she appeared in "Batman v. Superman" before landing the lead role in Wonder Woman.

"The reason I love Wonder Woman is how positive and wish-fulfillment-esque she is," Jenkins told Buzzfeed. "She stands for positive things and love, yet she's cool and sexy."

As audiences flocked theaters this weekend to catch a glimpse of Wonder Woman, The Hollywood Reporter found that 52 percent of the crowd was female as compared to previous superhero movies by DC and Marvel properties, which had 60 plus percent male audiences.

Wonder Woman is now the 16th superhero movie ever to break $100 million domestically on opening weekend, The Verge reports.

"I think that it's so important that we have also strong female figures to look up to, and Wonder Woman is an amazing one," Gadot told Variety at the film's Thursday Premiere in Hollywood. "It's great that after 75 years that this character has been around, she finally gets her own movie."

#WonderWoman herself, @GalGadot, on why it's important to have "strong female figures to look up to."

— Variety (@Variety) May 26, 2017

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