Wonder Woman is officially a box office hero.
The Warner Bros and DC Comics film appears to have delivered on massively high expectations the super hero film is looking at a $100.5 million domestic opening weekend from 4,165 locations. That, combined with an international take of $122.5 million from 55 markets gives the movie a global opening of $223 million. $18.3 million of the global total came from Imax screens that's the third biggest opening for a DC Comics film behind The Dark Knight Rises and ahead of Suicide Squad.
"Globally this property has just resonated with fans," said Warner Bros distribution chief Jeff Goldstein."There's something iconic about Diana and the story of Wonder Woman that's hitting the zeitgeist perfectly."
Compared with other super hero movies, Wonder Woman is expecting a larger domestic opening than Iron Man ($98.6 million); Doctor Strange ($85 million); Thor ($65.7 million); but less than Deadpool ($132 million) and Man of Steel ($116.6 million).
Patty Jenkins now holds the banner for the best domestic opening for a female director, topping Fifty Shades of Grey's Sam Taylor-Johnson ($85.1 million). Before Wonder Woman, Jenkins' only feature was Monster an Academy Award winner that she made more than a decade ago with an $8 million budget.
Gal Gadot stars in the film as the titular hero. The Israeli actress also known for her role in the Fast and Furious franchise made her debut as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will also appear at least twice more in both Justice League movies if she doesn't get a sequel of her own.
While the opening weekend for Wonder Woman is impressive, DC Comics movies have scored more in the past recently Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad rocketed to $166 million and $134 million openings respectively. But Wonder Woman had something those movies didn't critical support (it currently has a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). The conversation surrounding critics' impact on the summer box office swirled after Baywatch received an aggregate score of 19 percent, and proceeded to flop over the slowest Memorial Day weekend in nearly two decades.
Goldstein said the studio knew they had"something special" after the reception to Gadot in Batman v Superman."While the story was critically tough, she emerged as a real bright spot," Goldstein said.