“Wonder Woman” is getting a lot of praise after its opening weekend, and it deserves it. It’s given a much-needed boost to the DC Extended Universe, with reviews that are much better than those for 2016’s disappointing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad.”
But it also performed well compared to other superhero films outside of the DC Universe. While the opening weekend domestic box office numbers (according to Box Office Mojo) didn’t surpass massive hits like “The Avengers” (2012), “The Dark Knight” (2008), or “Deadpool” (2016), the movie’s gross did beat “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011), “Iron Man” (2008), both “Thor” movies, and even “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014).
In the case of most franchises, especially superhero movies, sequels perform better at the box office than the first installments. “Wonder Woman’s” opening weekend has definitely proven that a sequel could be another hit for the female-led franchise. “Wonder Woman” also broke the record for the most successful opening weekend for a movie directed by a woman. Director Patty Jenkins took the record from Sam Taylor-Johnson for 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
See how “Wonder Woman” compares to your favorite superhero movies at the box office: