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Wonder Woman made waves at the box office this weekend, bringing in a whopping $100.5 million—the biggest-ever opening for a female director.

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The new DC Extended Universe film is directed by Patty Jenkins. She was previously best known for her directorial debut, 2003's Monster, the crime drama that garnered actress Charlize Theron an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins' monster opening weekend with Wonder Woman is turning heads in the industry. The wondrous domestic box office numbers come from the movie's debut on 4,165 theaters, giving the film its $100.5 million draw. Additionally, Wonder Woman grossed $122.5 million overseas from 55 markets—for a total global take of $223 million, including a $38 million, No. 1 debut in China.

Thanks to those huge numbers, the Gal Gadot-starring superhero vehicle is shining on a new light on women in film. The movie's viewers “skewed female (52 percent), almost unheard for a superhero title, which usually draws an audience that is 60 percent male.”

“Patty's vision mesmerized the audience,” says Jeff Goldstein, Warners domestic distribution president. “She is a real talent. Clearly, this is a movie that is resonating with moviegoers around the globe. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Diana on the big screen.”

Hollywood films are often derided for their lack of female directors, especially for big features like Wonder Woman. The movie's stellar showing this weekend could help to further assert the strength and vision of women filmmakers.

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