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'Wonder Woman' has biggest film opening ever for female director

Wonder Woman Opens to a Powerful $223 Million Worldwide

DC's Extended Universe film - starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins - earned $101 million over the weekend in the U.S., along with critical acclaim (and a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes).

Increased competition from Hollywood films in coming weeks, including Tom Cruise's The Mummy on Friday, likely means Wonder Woman will end its Chinese run with just double its opening weekend haul or $70-$75 million minus online ticketing fees.

Wonder Woman is definitely turning the tide for the burgeoning DC Extended Universe. The movie also received an "A" rating from CinemaScore, which polls North American audience members throughout a film's opening weekend to assign a comprehensive crowd-sourced grade to every theatrical release. Films like Man of Steel and Suicide Squad saw bigger openings at the box office ($116.6 million and $133.7 million, respectively) but generally worse reviews overall.

Meanwhile, as Wonder Woman continues to smash the pitifully low expectations Hollywood had for its success, we remember again that women control the box office, and good movies by and for women make cold hard cash.

He said: "We really look forward to is the day when a movie directed by a woman and telling a woman's story is no longer news because it was successful - or even that it was produced at all".

"High-profile cases, such as Kathryn Bigelow and Patty Jenkins, can dramatically skew our perceptions of how women are actually faring as film directors", said San Diego State University professor Martha M. Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

Wonder Woman has Gal Gadot as the protagonist with Chris Pine in the main male lead by her side.

Jenkins' Wonder Woman is playing in theaters. Gadot's spirited "Wonder Woman" basically joins him in the same mission.

While it may be legally questionable to hold an all-female screening of Wonder Woman, it's also worth questioning the motives of people so upset by the idea that they would take action to prevent it from happening, of which there have been plenty. We'll meet you at the cinema Wednesday for the release of Wonder Woman and next October for that of Thor Ragnarok which promises to be the film of all the changes! Coming in at an estimated $100+ million domestically, the movie is now certifiably fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 94% rating!

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