‘Wonder Woman’ Breaks Records: Biggest Live-Action Box Office Hit by Female Director

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot'Wonder Woman'
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Wonder Woman” set a new milestone on Friday, becoming the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman.

The superhero adventure eclipsed the $609.8 million racked up by “Mamma Mia!,” the Abba musical that was directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

“Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, who previously oversaw the Oscar-winning “Monster.” Despite the critical raves that “Monster” earned, Jenkins had to wait 14 years before directing another feature film. She only got the “Wonder Woman” gig after the original choice, Michelle MacLaren, was pushed out in the wake of creative differences.

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“Wonder Woman” was backed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Critics loved the film, praising it as a breath of fresh air after a series of downbeat comic book films such as “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Jenkins hasn’t officially signed on to direct a “Wonder Woman” sequel, but in an interview with Variety, DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns said he is already working with the director on a treatment for a follow-up.

“Wonder Woman” stars Gal Gadot as the lasso-sporting title character. Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and David Thewlis co-star in the picture.

Domestically, “Wonder Woman” is the third-highest-grossing film of the year with $289.2 million. It ranks behind “Beauty and the Beast” ($503.5 million) and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($376.7 million).

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  1. All three have strong women on them.

  2. Randy Rogers says:

    Why is the gender of a director important? How about the director of Wonder Woman did a great job.

    • Coops says:

      Because we can’t be angry if we aren’t put in little boxes. If we don’t categorize every little thing, how can we be outraged at the injustice of everyone outside of our little boxes? As a liberal, we MUST be angry at something…anything. Doesn’t matter what, just have to be angry…. We won’t be able to say things like “woman-shamed” “fat-shamed” “gay” etc. if we don’t put ourselves in the little boxes and constantly scream what we are. Get it? It’s called the “liberal mindset.”

  3. Jed says:

    Wonder Woman grossed more domestically than Mamma Mia, but Mamma Mia did not gross $609 million domestically; that’s its worldwide gross.

    Also, Wonder Woman has not yet reached the (inflation-adjusted) grosses of The Matrix Reloaded, which was directed by two women.

    • X Trapnel says:

      “Wonder Woman grossed more domestically than Mamma Mia, but Mamma Mia did not gross $609 million domestically; that’s its worldwide gross.”

      Who is suggesting otherwise? There’s no suggestion that these are just the North American takings. There’s no suggestion that they’re just the Bulgarian or Nigerian takings either.

  4. Dave says:

    “Despite the critical raves that “Monster” earned, Jenkins had to wait 14 years before directing another feature film.”

    This is not quite accurate. It’s true, that it took as long for her to release another feature, but she tried directing other films before. I read, that she even had the “Thor: The Dark World” gig, but passed on it before production began.

    It’s not like nobody let her make any movies because she’s a woman ;-)

    “Monster” was a huge success & she could have done anything,
    but she’s selective.

  5. aaaaaaaaaaaa. Gal Gadot is my beutiful love <3

  6. Jacques Strappe says:

    The power of tits and ass to pack em in at the theater!

  7. Alistar says:

    I loved this film, it was the first time in a long time that I didn’t want the movie to end.

  8. Nichole says:

    It was good….long……very long but good

  9. Oh how I love seeing the $$$ this film generated. Way to go Patty Jenkins! Kudos to all…cast, crew, writers & all involved in production & marketing.

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