'Wonder Woman' Dominates Box Office, Gal Gadot And Patty Jenkins Already Signed On For Sequel

Jen Craft

Proving that audiences were clamoring for a well-written, female-driven superhero flick, Wonder Woman has lassoed the box office competition. The Gal Gadot vehicle pulled in an impressive $100.5 million to top the weekend's domestic box office. Along the way to the top spot, the blockbuster has managed to break a few records. Director Patty Jenkins now owns two records – best preview night by a female director and best domestic opening by a female director.

The remarkable domestic box office showing by Wonder Woman comes only one week after the worst Memorial Day domestic box office numbers in 20 years. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales claimed the top spot, but still missed initial projections. The fifth film in the Pirates series came up short of the studio's $80-85 million projection, raking in $78 million over the holiday weekend. Meanwhile, Baywatch flopped. The Dwayne Johnson film was expected to bring in around $40 million. Instead, it debuted in third place with a paltry $23 million for the four-day weekend.

As Deadline pointed out, the success and struggles of each of these three films could potentially be traced back to critics' reviews, specifically Rotten Tomatoes. While Wonder Woman currently enjoys a Certified Fresh rating of 94 percent, Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch are labeled rotten, with ratings of 29 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

While it's no surprise that Gal Gadot has already signed on for a potential Wonder Woman sequel, Patty Jenkins revealed that she is also under contract for a second film. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director indicated that she would gladly re-team with Gadot for another Wonder Woman film, as long as the script is up to par.

"What I never want to do is start phoning it in and making things just to show that I can keep my foot in the door and do big movies. I don't care about that at all. I just want to make great movies."
"While she sounds eager to return to tell another story about Diana Prince, it's always possible that creative differences could rear their ugly head. Deadpool helmer Tim Miller was contractually obligated to give Fox another picture, and it was assumed it would be Deadpool 2. When that didn't work out, he left Deadpool 2."

Tell us! Did you catch Wonder Woman in theaters this weekend? Are you excited for a possible sequel? Are you Team DC or Team Marvel?

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