Wonder Woman burst onto the sluggish summer blockbuster scene this weekend, exceeding box office projections. It was the biggest box office opening for a female director ever — which, given the number of big-budget movies women currently get to direct, is not that surprising. With a $150 million budget, Wonder Woman was easily the biggest-budgeted movie a woman has ever directed.
In its opening weekend, Wonder Woman made $103.1 million in North America and an additional $122.5 million internationally, already easily making back its total budget and surpassing analyst expectations of $80 million domestically with a total gross of $225 million worldwide. Recent superhero films this box office debut beat include: Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, Thor: The Dark World, The Amazing Spider-Man, Ant-Man, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Fifty-two percent of Wonder Woman‘s audience was female, which is notable difference from the at least 60% male audience that usually accompanies superhero films. Interestingly, that 52% number is also the percentage of the total “moviegoing” audience that is female, according to a 2013 study.
Where does Wonder Woman currently stand against the other movies in the DC Extended Universe? If we compare domestic numbers, Wonder Woman‘s $103 million total falls slightly short of Man of Steel ($116.6 million), Batman v. Superman ($166 million), and Suicide Squad‘s ($133.7 million) openings, but it is only the 15th superhero film to make $100 million or more domestically in its opening weekend. And this in a summer season that was down 9% from last year going into this weekend.
When comparing Wonder Woman‘s success to the other films in the DCEU, it also feels important to mention that, while Wonder Woman had a $150 million budget, Man of Steel had a comfortable $225 million, Batman v. Superman came in at $300 million (and, by some metrics, could be considered a flop), and Suicide Squad cost a relatively conservative $175 million. In other words: Wonder Woman cost less to make than all of these films, and is competing in the same box office ballpark.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how Wonder Woman performs over the course of its entire run. Unlike every other installment in the DCEU, Wonder Woman has garnered both critical and audience approval. It currently enjoys a 93% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. In other words: this movie could have legs.