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Box office: ‘Wonder Woman’ dominates with $100.5 million opening weekend

That’s a lot of money.

Amid rave reviews from both critics and audiences with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore, Wonder Woman, the first film from director Patty Jenkins since her Oscar-winning 2003 debut Monster, has overwhelmingly dominated the weekend box office.

According to Variety, the latest entry in the DC Extended Universe scored $100.5 million from 4,165 theaters across the United States, making it the sixth-best June opening of all time. Perhaps an even great achievement, Jenkins broke Fifty Shades of Grey helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson’s record for best domestic opening for a female director, which was $85.1 million.

Wonder Woman, currently the second best opening for a DC film behind 2013’s Man of Steel, stars Gal Gadot as the title character who leaves her home with an American pilot, played by Chris Pine, to fight alongside man in the war to end all wars, while discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Though it should come as little to no surprise that a Wonder Woman, a character whose origins date back nearly 75 years, had no trouble becoming an instant box office success, it’s truly outstanding to see the history being made by female directors this year. Just last week, Sofia Coppola won Best Director at Cannes for The Beguiled, making her only the second woman to win the award in 71 years.

Here are the weekend estimates as of Sunday (via Deadline):

1.). Wonder Woman  (WB), 4,165 theaters / $38.8M Fri. (includes $11M previews)/$35.8M Sat/$25.9M Sun/3-day cume: $100.5M/Total: Wk 2

2.). Captain Underpants  (DWA/20TH), 3,434 theaters / $8M Fri. (includes $650K previews) /$8.88M Sat/ $6.6M Sun/3-day cume: $23.5M/Total: Wk 1

3.). Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales  (DIS), 4,276 theaters / $6.3M Fri./$8.9M Sat/$6.5M Sun/3-day cume: $21.6M (-66%)/Total:$114.6M/ Wk 2

4.). The Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (DIS), 3,507 theaters (-364) / $2.7M Fri. /$4.1M Sat/$3M Sun/3-day cume: $9.7M (-53%) /  Total: $355.4M / Wk 5

5.). Baywatch (FOX), 3,647 theaters / $2.65M Fri./$3.5M Sat/$2.35M Sun/ 3-day cume: $8.5M (-54%)/Total:$41.7M/ Wk 2

6.). Alien: Covenant (FOX), 2,660 theaters (-1,112) / $1.12M Fri.  /$1.67M Sat/$1.2M Sun/3-day cume: $4M (-62%)/Total: $67.2M Wk 3

7.). Everything, Everything (WB/MGM), 2,375 theaters (-426) / $1M Fri. /$1.3M Sat/ $930K Sun/3-day cume: $3.3M (-45%) /Total:$28.3M/  Wk 3

8). Snatched (FOX), 1,625 theaters (-1,033) / $390K Fri. /$574K Sat/ $376K Sun/3-day cume: $1.34M (-66%) / Total:$43.9M / Wk 4

9.) Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (FOX), 2,088 theaters (-1,086) / $363K Fri.  / $495K Sat/ $362K Sun/3-day cume: $1.22M (-73%)/ Total: $17.8M/Wk 3

10.). King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (WB/VR), 1,222 theaters (-1,281)/ $330K  Fri. /$495K Sat/ $345K Sun/3-day cume: $1.17M (-64%) /Total:$37.1M / Wk 4

Written by Matt Casillas

Hailing from Phoenix, Matt Casillas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Silver Screen Beat and spends more time on Twitter than the recommended daily amount. You can often find him binge-watching episodes of HBO's Silicon Valley.

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