Wonder Woman becomes highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman

Wonder Woman has beaten the record set by Mamma Mia to become the biggest global live-action film ever released by a female director.

The DC Comics superhero movie, which is directed by Patty Jenkins, has grossed a staggering $653.9 million (£514 million) worldwide.

It’s now beaten the record set by Phyllida Lloyd’s big screen adaptation of Mamma Mia, which grossed $609.8 million (£479 million) in 2008, as well as beating 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, for the biggest launch by a female director – after taking $85.2 million (£66 million) in its first weekend of release.

Wonder Woman, which stars Gal Gadot as the eponymous hero, opened in cinemas on June 1 and has received rave reviews.

Gadot will also play Wonder Woman in this year’s Justice League movie, which hits cinemas on November 17.

Speaking about bringing the iconic comic book character to life in Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary year, Gadot said she was very popular in her native Israel where she was a household name along with Batman and Superman.

“Many times, it felt like we got signs from the universe,” the actress said about shooting the movie. “It felt like we were just a vessel for a greater story that we need to share with everyone.

“It isn’t about me as an actress or Patty as a director. It felt like, now is the time.”

Watch the final Wonder Woman trailer in full below…


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