The summer of Wonder Woman isn’t over yet, as the DC comic’s Amazonian origin story passed another major, historical threshold. After 14 weeks, Wonder Woman remains in the top 15 at theaters, and is second in overall domestic box office this year (just ahead of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). According to Forbes, Wonder Woman also just blew past Iron Man 3 to become the fifth-biggest superhero movie of all-time in North America (after adjusting for inflation).
Let’s put this into perspective, only The Dark Knight Rises ($448m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459m), The Dark Knight ($534m), and The Avengers ($623m) have performed better at the domestic box office. This is a truly amazing accomplishment for Patty Jenkins (only her second feature film), and Gal Gadot (her first starring role), and DC who’s struggled to construct and sustain their extended universe of superhero films (DCEU). Wonder Woman has also pretty epically set the table for Justice League in November!
So what does this all mean? Consider that Hollywood is a pretty irrational industry; studios regularly gamble on ludicrious concepts, placing $100-$200 million dollar bets every week of the year. More often than not the gambles fail (King Arthur, The Mummy, Valerian), and even long-running franchises eventually tap out (Transformers, Pirates, Alien). Some refer to Hollywood as risk-averse, but it’s hard to make that case given the massive production and marketing budgets of these projects.
However, when a gamble hits, the results can transform careers — consider that Patty Jenkins first feature, Monster, was a critically-acclaimed film way back in 2003, and now she’s going to be one of the top-paid directors in the industry for the Wonder Woman sequel. We’re also going to be seeing a lot of Gal Gadot in the coming years. The aphorism, “a rising tide lifts all boats,” has never been more applicable.
Wonder Woman has undoubtedly shaken things up in Hollywood, and it will be fun to see what kind of affect it has on the superhero genre going forward. Bottom line, Wonder Woman is a fun, solid movie with a great cast, a hopeful vibe, and great energy. This film also stands on its own; sure, it’s connected to Superman v Batman and Justice League, but Wonder Woman‘s box office and pop culture successes are based entirely upon what happens on-screen. I can’t wait to see how the character evolves in Justice League!
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