Wonder Woman Powers Past $500 Million Worldwide


Wonder Woman has officially crossed another important box office milestone. Although Cars 3 may have put an end to the Amazonian's run at number one stateside, Wonder Woman managed to score $35.1 million in its third weekend. More impressively, however, is the fact that the film has already passed $500 million worldwide in its third weekend.

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Prior to release, the film was expected to pull in around $65 million in its opening weekend, putting it well below the opening weekends of its fellow DC Extended Universe films. However, Wonder Woman blew through the expectations and managed to hit $100 in its opening weekend, and perhaps unsurprisingly, manged to cross the $200 million milestone domestically in its second weekend. Now, as the film nears the highly coveted $300 million mark, it's being reported that the film has surpassed $500 million worldwide. Internationally, the films sits around $272 million, while stateside Wonder Woman is expected to finish with around $270 million domestically.

And, as if that wasn't impressive enough, the film has also added another badge of honor to director Patty Jenkins' resume. With Wonder Woman's $500 million worldwide box office haul, Jenkins is only the fourth female director to ever reach that milestone. The other only female directors to do so are Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!), and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2).

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Even more impressive, the film looks all but confirmed to cross $300 million domestically, something Man of Steel failed to do upon its release in 2013. And should international numbers continue to hold, it's entirely likely that the film will surpass that film's overall box-office haul of $668 million; not bad for the first big female superhero film.

As of right now, a sequel has not yet been officially announced by the studio, but it has since been revealed that director Patty Jenkins is in talks with Warner Bros. and DC to return for a follow-up film.

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In theaters now, 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.

(via Forbes)

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