Any doubts about the viability of a superhero film made by a woman about a woman should be put to bed, now and forever. Not only has Wonder Woman received critical acclaim, it’s had a dominant box office run that has pulled in over $600 million worldwide so far. Diana’s not done with the theaters, either, and by the time she is, Wonder Woman might have a place in the record books.
Wonder Woman has a very real shot of becoming the highest grossing movie ever to be directed solely by a woman, thanks to the talented Patty Jenkins — this after it already set the record for an opening weekend for a female director. The next milestone is $609.8 million. That’s what the film adaptation of Mamma Mia! pulled in, making it the highest grossing live-action movie directed by a woman. But, the number to beat is $665.7 million — that’s what Kung Fu Panda 2 grossed, which was directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Wonder Woman has a ways to go to get there, but it’s probably not a good idea to doubt her (now or ever).
But, there’s a big asterisk here. These are all movies directed solely by women — there was one little movie that was co-directed by a woman, and despite what I just said about doubting Wonder Woman, I don’t think she’s getting there. Jennifer Lee made up half the directing team behind Frozen, which made a cool $1.28 billion during its theatrical run. We love Wonder Woman around here, but there’s no way she’s doubling gross from here, right?