'Wonder Woman' $138 million box office is the best opening for a female director

'Wonder Woman' $138 million box office is the best opening for a female director
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Patty Jenkins is a star.

Wonder Woman banked an estimated US$100.5 million (S$138 million) in domestic ticket sales, making it the largest-ever opening for a film directed by a woman - that's Jenkins.

It's also the most critically acclaimed DC Extended Universe to date by a wide margin, with a "fresh" rating that almost exceeds the combined "rotten" ratings of its three predecessors.

Sunday totals are still just an estimate of course, but there is virtually zero chance of Jenkins falling short of the record. The previous #1 was Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of Fifty Shades of Grey, which opened with US$85.2 million at the US box office in 2015.

Assuming the estimate holds, Wonder Woman also asserts itself as the 16th superhero movie to date with an opening box office of more than US$100 million. It falls in just behind X-Men: The Last Stand, which opened with US$102.8 million.

Wonder Woman also claims the 6th-highest opening of all time for a June release. The estimate puts it just ahead of Transformers: Age of Extinction (US$100 million) and behind Jurassic World (US$208.8 million), Finding Dory (US$135.1 million), Man of Steel (US$116.6 million), Toy Story 3 (US$110.3 million), and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (US$109 million).

Wonder Woman also handily surpassed every origin story from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, save for The Avengers. Here's a breakdown: Iron Man (US$98.6 million), Guardians of the Galaxy (US$94.3 million), Doctor Strange (US$85.1 million), Thor (US$65.7 million), Captain America: The First Avenger (US$65.1 million), The Amazing Spider-Man (US$62 million), Ant-Man (US$57.2 million), and The Incredible Hulk (US$55.4 million).

In the realm of X-Men movies, Wonder Woman only falls behind The Last Stand and Deadpool (US$132.4 million), though it still has a fair shot of earning more than the former.

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