Wonder Woman Is Now The Highest Grossing Superhero Origin Story


Diana Prince and her blistering Lasso of Truth continue to exert their dominance at the domestic box office.

Now in its eleventh week of release, Wonder Woman has become the highest grossing superhero origin story, domestically. With $800 million total, and $404 million on this side of the pond, that puts it ahead of the original Spider-Man, which pulled in $403.7 million. It also places it in front of “Batman ($251 million), Big Hero 6 ($222 million), Iron Man ($318 million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($333 million), and even Deadpool ($363 million).”

Worldwide, Spidey still has it beat, with $821 million, though with Wonder Woman eyeing a Japan release on August 25th, that could very well change. Either way, this is a remarkable feat for Warner and its ever-evolving DC Extended Universe, while a $400+ million domestic haul is also enough to ensure that Wonder Woman will be remembered as the most successful film ever released by a female director  – financially, at least.

All of this has reportedly encouraged Warner Bros. to stage a huge Oscar push for the WWI actioner, which would be the studio’s first comic book movie to receive such a backing since the release of The Dark Knight Rises. Alas, Christopher Nolan’s trilogy-capper didn’t wind up with a single nomination, and it’s often the case that The Academy limits Hollywood’s costumed crusaders to the primary technical achievements (see: Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing), with the only real exception being the two Oscar wins for The Dark Knight back in 2009.

Regardless of how Wonder Woman performs at the 2018 Oscar ceremony, though, Patty Jenkins’ standalone pic will forever be celebrated as one of 2017’s greatest success stories. But it’s by no means the end for Gal Gadot’s Amazonian, what with plans in place for Wonder Woman 2 to hit theaters in December of 2019. And let’s not forget the release of Justice League on November 17th of this year.