Director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman raked in $11 million Thursday at the U.S. box office, setting a new preview night record for a film helmed by a woman.
The previous record, Deadline notes, was held by Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose Fifty Shades of Grey earned $8.6 million in Thursday previews in 2015. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wonder Woman‘s audience was evenly split between men and women.
Wonder Woman‘s Thursday night performance places the Warner Bros. film ahead of Marvel’s Doctor Strange ($9.4 million), Ant-Man ($6.4 million), Thor ($3.2 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($4 million), and just behind Guardians of the Galaxy ($11.2 million) — all similar franchise-launching superhero origin stories.
The film, in which Gal Gadot reprises her role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, garnering a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a coveted declaration of “Certified Fresh” (it’s the first DC Extended Universe release to receive that label). That response has helped to boost projections for Wonder Woman‘s domestic opening weekend from $65 million to $95 million, placing the film on par with Guardians of the Galaxy.
Opening today nationwide, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.