If you had predicted that the highest grossing film of the summer blockbuster season was going to be a DC film, you might have been laughed at. Sure, the films of the newly minted DC Extended Universe are big box office draws, but in a year where we have already had heavy hitters like the Fate of the Furious, Logan, and of course Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, it seemed unlikely that a DC film would rack up the charts. That was before Wonder Woman.
Not only was the Patty Jenkins directed film starring Gal Gadot an awesome film, but it gave the DCEU a much-needed boost of critical praise, and that also translated into commercial success. As of right now, Wonder Woman is the third highest selling movie ($381 million) of 2017, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 ($386 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($504 million). If continued box office estimates hold true, Wonder Woman will overtake Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 this coming weekend to become the second highest grossing film of the year, and easily the number one movie of the summer.
Many think that the strong box office numbers represent is the strong turnout of women to see the first female superhero in this new “age of superheroes” in cinema. While that may ring true, the film is also a critical darling and has gotten rave reviews. With people continuing to have repeat viewings of the movie, it no surprise the numbers is as positive as they are. DC had already announced two new films to their 2020 release slate, and it’s almost a certainty that a Wonder Woman sequel will be one of them.