Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? Well, if you haven't, you may just be the only one. So congrats on your rugged individualism, but know that it comes at the price of seeing a great movie.
Indeed, great seems to be the consensus among paying customers, as the film has, at last count, racked up $609.8 million at the global box office, while also making director Patty Jenkins another record holder in the process.
After wowing critics early on, Wonder Woman opened strong, to the tune of $100.5 million domestic and $122.5 million global. That was plenty good enough to shatter the record for highest-grossing opening weekend for a female-directed film. Now Jenkins can add to that trophy case, as she now holds the record for highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman.
Wonder Woman passes Mamma Mia for that honor, and Patty Jenkins passes the Abba musical director Phyllida Lloyd, whose only other major motion picture was The Iron Lady, featuring Meryl Streep's Oscar-winning portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. That's it.
Though she's done some steady TV since, Jenkins' only other big film was Monster way back in 2003, which featured Charlize Theron's Best Actress performance. And as Variety points out, "She only got the Wonder Woman gig after the original choice, Michelle MacLaren, was pushed out in the wake of creative differences."
Fortunately, Jenkins finally got another shot, and she obviously hit the bullseye. As such, Warner Bros. seems wisely intent on keeping her working. Though they've yet to reach a deal for her to direct the Wonder Woman sequel, she's reportedly already busy working on developing the treatment with DC's Geoff Johns.
For the record, clocking in at $1,276.5 billion worldwide, the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman, live-action or otherwise, is Frozen, which was co-directed by Jennifer Lee (along with Chris Buck).
Honestly, unless there were extraordinary circumstances why Jenkins couldn't do it, I'd have a hard time even consider watching a Wonder Woman sequel directed by someone else, as she's become such an important part of the film's success story. How about you?