Sunday, April 21, 2024

All Hail “Wonder Woman” with $100 Mil Opening Weekend, Biggest Debut Ever For Female Director


Biggest debut ever for female director. Biggest debut ever for standalone comic book movie. With a female star. And with highest critics’ rating.

All these kudos and records go to Patty Jenkins, who directed “Wonder Woman” to an outsize $100 million opening weekend. Warner Brothers and DC Comics are uncorking Champagne. It’s like the old days. A real movie. A real hit. Shazam!

It’s a wonderful occasion when movie magic strikes. After WB’s “King Arthur” debacle, it’s extra sweet!

So get ready for at least two more “Wonder Woman” movies– not to mention “Justice League” this winter with Wonder Woman and Gal Gadot featured. DC Comics finally gets a boost like Marvel. And now “Justice League” is being retooled by Joss Whedon, who gave “The Avengers” their mojo for Marvel.

Elsewhere: despite bad reviews and basic apathy from US audiences, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” now has $500 million worldwide.

Fox has an animated hit in “Captain Underpants.” The movie has a very good soundtrack including a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” by Adam Lambert.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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