Wonder Woman Tops Fifty Shades of Grey's Record for Female Director

Wonder Woman is set to overtake Fifty Shades of Grey for the biggest opening weekend for a film directed by a female director (via Deadline).

It's an impressive feat for a film that was once expected to open around $65 million stateside, but with positive buzz surrounding the film, estimates for DC's Wonder Woman -- which marks the iconic hero's first solo film -- continue to rise with the latest estimates heading towards $100 million domestically. The latest numbers from Deadline have the film set to take in just under $40 million on its opening day, with overall weekend numbers heading towards $95+ million, with most outlets expecting the film to top $100 million domestically when all is said and done. Either way, this puts the film ahead of Fifty Shades of Grey directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson which opened to $85 million back in 2015.

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In a genre that's been eagerly awaiting more diversity both in front of and behind the camera, Wonder Woman's box office numbers should prove to studios that female fronted -- and directed -- films can and do sell at the box office. Thankfully, fans of female heroes will finally get to see more of them take to the big screen in coming years, with Marvel having already set Captain Marvel for a 2019 release, a film that has female screenwriters and a female co-director, as well as the recently announced Silver and Black film from Sony, which recently hired Love & Basketball writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Given the current projections for Wonder Woman, while a sequel has not yet been announced officially, it isn't entirely surprising that director Patty Jenkins is already signed on to direct a sequel. Prior to Wonder Woman, Jenkins' lone feature film credit was for film Monster, which landed actress Charlize Theron an Oscar for Best Actress.

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In theaters 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.

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