Wonder Woman Crushes The Patriarchy—And Box Office Records
But the fans’ costumes are where it’s really at
Over the weekend, the highly anticipated 2017 reboot of Wonder Woman raked in a whopping $100.5 million, easily becoming the highest grossing domestic opening for a female director in film history. Previously, the record belonged to Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, thanks to a $85.1 million opening weekend in 2015.
If the excitement surrounding Wonder Woman reveals anything, it’s that the time for strong, female-driven storytelling is long overdue. The new box office record holder, Patty Jenkins—who’s famous for directing Monster and Arrested Development—knew how important it would be to set the right tone for this movie and others to come, telling Screen Rant,
“I’m such a believer in the genre because I’m a believer in mankind turning stories into about what it means to be a hero and what would I do if I was a hero and how would that feel. … And this is such an important time in the world for people to think about what kind of hero they would want to be and what we’re going to do to save this world, that I was honored to get to join in the dialogue.”
Warner Bros.’ distribution chief, Jeff Goldstein, seems to agree that the film is particularly timely, telling BBC, “Globally this property has just resonated with fans. … There's something iconic about ... the story of Wonder Woman that's hitting the zeitgeist perfectly.”
Fans from around the world came out to support the film over the weekend, posting pictures of themselves excitedly waiting in theater lines, dressing in costume, creating art, and expressing gratitude for the 2017 reboot’s progressive stance. Practically overnight, Wonder Woman has reached Harry Potter level fandom—that’s how you know it’s a legitimate success.
Keep scrolling to see some of the positive online reactions and to get inspired to manifest your own Wonder Woman persona.