In only two weeks “Wonder Woman” has become the third highest-grossing domestic film of 2017, behind only “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” According to Box Office Mojo, “Wonder Woman’s” tally is now at $227 million and counting, compared to $503 million for the “Beauty and the Beast” remake and $369 million for the “Guardians” sequel. The only other two films to cross the $200 mark domestically so far in 2017 are “Logan” ($226 million) and “The Fate of the Furious” ($224 million).
“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar in “Monster,” is reaping much of the accolades and now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for a female-helmed film. This is the fourth movie in the DC Extended Universe and could very well outpace the prior three by the time it leaves U.S. theaters. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016) is DC’s current domestic box office leader with $330 million, while “Suicide Squad” (2016) took in $325 million and “Man of Steel” (2013) earned $291 million.
Many film critics have praised the performance of Gal Gadot as the title character, with Steve Persall (Tampa Bay Times) writing that she gave a “galvanizing performance.” And Ty Burr (Boston Globe) raved, “Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman has a screen magnetism, the kind you can’t look away from.” Overall, “Wonder Woman” has a 93% score at Rotten Tomatoes from a whopping 295 reviews.
This is actually Gadot’s second appearance as Wonder Woman, aka Princess Diana of Themyscira, after first making her grand entrance last summer in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In that critically panned film, Gadot’s Amazonian princess was drawn into the conflict between DC Comics’ most famous heroes played by Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.