'Wonder Woman' and 'Captain Underpants' premier at the box office

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It also puts Wonder Woman ahead of the opening weekend numbers for both Captain America and the two Thor movies.

Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect 2 star Elizabeth Banks said Jenkins "killed it".

The new DC Extended Universe film is directed by Patty Jenkins.

"Wonder Woman" features Israeli actress Gal Gadot in the title role.

The movie was helped as well by the attraction of Gal Gadot, known for her part in the popular "Fast and Furious" series, as the fit and fearless Amazonian.

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Warner Bros. hasn't made the news official yet, but a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter stated Jenkins and Gadot are "contractually committed" to a second Wonder Woman film.

Here at Culturess specifically, where the female perspective is the most important aspect of the site, her standalone debut under a female director was personal for most of us. Warner Bros. said 52 percent of the audience was female and 48 percent male.

The DC comics film grossed an estimated $100.5 million in the US and Canada in its debut weekend, well above analyst projections of $80 million to $90 million and the studio's more modest expectations of $65 million to $70 million. But the opening weekend for "Wonder Woman" is an achievement for female filmmakers and for the industry, says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore (SCOR). Patty Jenkins, who helmed the Oscar victor "Monster" starring Charlize Theron, was in the director's chair.

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" moved to the third place with an estimated $21.6 million. The animated release, in which a pair of students make their principal think he's a superhero by hypnotizing him, opened with $23.5 million. Or, more to the point, that America is made out of money?

"Wonder Woman", though, pushed the week's box office up 30 percent over the same week past year, according to comScore. She has already surpassed Iron Man's $98 million gross in its opening weekend in 2008.

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