“Wonder Woman” lassoes the box office, record opening for a female director

wonder2Over a decade ago, I hung around director Patty Jenkins on the set of “Monster” as she steered Charlize Theron to an Academy Award winning performance,  but also kept the likes of Christina Ricci and Bruce Dern happy as she worked with no budget, annoying producers and persistent British tabloid photographers determined to get model-turned-actress Theron, in character as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in a picture.

And this AM, years of doing little that’s made a splash since (TV shows, etc.), Jenkins wakes up having shattered the glass box office ceiling for female directors. Her “Wonder Woman” is headed to a $95 million opening weekend, based on huge numbers Thursday ($11 million) and a blockbuster Friday. With audience tracking scores showing this one is a hit with fangirls and fanboys alike, it could even exceed that number.

“Captain Underpants,” another well-reviewed opening, isn’t yet an animated brand for Dreamworks, and it seriously underwhelming — based on Friday’s numbers. A $25 million opening? Moms are taking their little girls to “Wonder Woman.”

“Baywatch” is in free fall, “Pirates of the Caribbean” will be close to $100 million after a couple of weeks Sunday night, “Guardians 2” is closing in on $350 and “Alien” is fading to black. 

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