The numbers are in for Wonder Woman’s first weekend, and they’re even bigger than the predictions. The superhero movie starring Gal Gadot as the titular character won rave reviews ahead of its U.S. release on Friday earning $38.9 million (€34.5 million) at the box office on its first day in cinemas.
With $100.5 million in North America and an additional $122.5 million internationally, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman can boast the biggest-ever opening weekend for a film directed by a woman, Variety reports. With a budget of $150 million (which it has already more than recouped), Wonder Woman was already the most expensive film ever directed by a woman.
Wonder Woman de-thrones Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which nabbed the record in February 2015, opening to a domestic take of $81.7 million. Before that, the record belonged to Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight (2008), which brought in $69.6 million in the crucial first three days.
Stars are raving about the film and its director with many sharing their excitement on Twitter on Friday.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) June 2, 2017
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 3, 2017
Though the Hollywood press reported that the film’s first day U.S. audience was 54% female, male stars also heaped praise on Wonder Woman.
?????? Great win for the biz. Fans loving the movie. So happy for my homegirl Gal! Awesome human ?? https://t.co/xjhIlIOkmV
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 3, 2017
Director Joss Whedon added, “It’s a goddd**n (sic) delight.”
However, not everyone was a fan of the Amazonian goddess played by Israeli actress Gadot, as Fox News hosts and guest felt she was not American enough. Someone might need to buy them a map.
EW reports that guest Dion Baia on Your World with Neil Cavuto said, “I think nowadays, sadly, money trumps patriotism. Especially recently, I personally feel like we’re not really very patriotic, the country, in a certain sense. They want these movies to succeed internationally, so they’re going to dial back.”
The fictional character’s costume came under fire for being red, blue, and gold, instead of red, white and blue.
“I think the Hollywood aspect, we see this time and time again, it’s cool to hate America these days,” said Mike Gunzelman who then advised viewers to “just go see Baywatch”.