“Wonder Woman” powered its way to a $100.5 million debut this weekend and became the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman as fans, both kids and adults, turned out in costume to celebrate the iconic superhero’s first starring movie role.
The well-reviewed movie easily surpassed industry expectations with one of the summer’s biggest debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday. Starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior princess, “Wonder Woman” is the rare – and most successful – female-led film in an overwhelmingly male superhero landscape.
It proved a hit with moviegoers, earning an A CinemaScore. While skewing somewhat female, it drew a fairly evenly split audience. Warner Bros. said 52 percent of the audience was female and 48 percent male. “Wonder Woman” added $122.5 million internationally, including $38 million in China.
“It shows that superhero movies aren’t just about men. They’re about women as well,” said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.