Wonder Woman just became the highest-grossing superhero origin film of all time

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

It's official: Wonder Woman owns all.

On Wednesday, new box office numbers were released that confirmed the film had earned $821.74 million, allowing it to finally eke past 2002's Spider-Man and claim the title of highest-grossing superhero origin movie worldwide. Wonder Woman securing the box office laurels wasn't always assured, however, and there had been some question of whether or not the film would maintain enough momentum to eventually overtake Spider-Man's record of $821.7 million. As of this week, however, there's a new superhero champion in town.

Wonder Woman had already garnered plenty of box office records prior - including the highest-grossing feature film directed by a woman, the largest domestic opening for a film with a female director and the biggest opening for a comic book movie with a female lead. If the movie hadn't cleared this latest box office hurdle, it wouldn't have undermined the undeniable success Wonder Woman has achieved since its premiere back in June.

Of course, there's also the question of inflation to address: if we consider that, then Spider-Man would have made closer to $1.1 billion when adjusted for today's figures. But, as Forbes notes, that's only taking one factor into account as opposed to others that deserve equal analysis when considering overall box office performance. 

Spider-Man is widely considered as the film that reinvigorated the superhero genre, and would eventually lead to the cinematic universes that would be established under the umbrellas of both Marvel and DC. At the same time, one could argue that Wonder Woman represented a different kind of revitalization - for the DC film universe as a whole. In a recent interview, Henry Cavill admitted that in the midst of present-day challenges for the DCEU, "Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction."

In terms of impact, narrative trajectory, visible representation and significance on the superhero genre as a whole, Wonder Woman absolutely earns that top spot. Long may Diana reign.

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