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Wonder Woman hits $100.5 million in US to post biggest ever launch for female director

Wonder Woman

Story by Jack Foley

DC’S Wonder Woman has grossed a massive $100.5 million from its US opening weekend – striking a blow for women everywhere.

The figure marks the biggest opening ever for a female director (Patty Jenkins) and the first successful launch for a female-led superhero blockbuster, following the flops of Catwoman and Elektra.

Overseas, the news was equally positive with Wonder Woman heading the weekend with $122.5 million from 55 markets for a global total of $223 million – including a No.1 debut in China with $38 million.

The $150 milllion Warner Bros. movie stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and takes the form of an origins story, as Diana Prince comes to understand and use her powers, while searching for the Greek God of War, who may be orchestrating World War I.

If you’re a sucker for more facts and figures, then it’s worth noting that Wonder Woman also became the 16th superhero film to cross $100 million in its US box-office launch. The list is topped by the likes of Marvel’s The Avengers ($207 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million), Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million), Iron Man 3 ($174 million) and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million).

It did beat out the openings of the first two Thor and Captain America movies, as well as the first Iron Man.

Warners domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein commented: “Patty’s vision mesmerized the audience. She is a real talent. Clearly, this is a movie that is resonating with moviegoers around the globe. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Diana on the big screen.”

Elsewhere at the US box office, DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, placed second behind Wonder Woman with an estimated $23.5 million – after costing a modest $38 million to produce.

Based on the popular book series, Captain Underpants tells the tale of two fourth-grade troublemakers (voiced by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) who hypnotize their mean principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s Captain Underpants, a hero from a comic book.

The movie’s characters also include Professor Pippy P. Poopypants (Nick Kroll) and a school snitch named Melvin Sneedly (Jordan Peele).

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (aka Salazar’s Revenge in the UK) fell 66% in its second weekend in the US – the biggest drop of any film in the franchise. It took $21.6 million for a US total of $114.6 million.

Overseas, however, the fifth film in the Pirates franchise continued to unearth treasure by earning another $73.8 million and topping the $500 million mark globally. In China, the movie’s total has climbed to a mighty $143 million.

Dead Men Tell No Tales placed third in the US, followed by fellow Disney release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with roughly $9.7 million for a global tally of $816.6 million.

Baywatch, which bombed in its US debut last weekend, rounded out the top five with $8.5 million for a US total of $41.7 million.

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