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Wonder Woman Will Make More Money Than Any Other Live-Action Film By a Woman Director

Image via Warner Bros.
Image via Warner Bros.

Wonder Woman kicked some serious ass on its opening weekend, so you may not be surprised to hear that it’s on track to break records at the box office. Woman records.


The Hollywood Reporter is predicting that sometime early Friday, Wonder Woman’s box office will surpass Phyllida Lloyd’s Mamma Mia! in the box office, making it the highest grossing live-action film directed by a woman ever. Mamma Mia! made $609.8 million worldwide, though that number doesn’t account for inflation. Wonder Woman passed the $600 million mark on Wednesday, raking in $289.2 million domestically and $312.4 million internationally.

The next watermark would be surpassing Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who had solo directing duties on Kung Fu Panda 2, which made $665.7 million. You can probably guess what the next goal post would be: Frozen, which made $1.28 billion globally (oh my god). However, Frozen was co-directed by a man and a woman, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Wonder Woman is a wonder created solely by a woman.

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I keep going through these stories, hoping to see the commenter who says it, but...

The WW movie was terrible. As in, a non-stop festival of horrible filmmaking. The story was predictable to the point of being laughable, the acting bordered on unwatchable, the scenes that everyone gushes over (No Man’s Land, notably) were so cringe-worthy that I literally felt bad for the film. I was physically uncomfortable in the theater while watching scenes that were so baldly bad.

Is it that people literally are blind to good filmmaking? That they so wanted what the film represented that they fool themselves into thinking it’s good? I was excited to see it, thinking “This is cool, everyone says it’s really good, female director, female star, small step forward - hey, even if it’s just ok, that’s still positive.” And it was awful.

And this comment isn’t to convince anyone here that it was bad. It is, I don’t care if you don’t want to recognize it. It’s just for all those people like me, reading the comments and wondering, “Are they all taking crazy pills or WTF?”. Just know that no, you’re not crazy. It’s a bad film. Maybe they have collectively bad taste, maybe they just don’t want to admit it, but it’s bad.

Thanks, I feel better.