'Wonder Woman' is now officially the highest-grossing superhero origins film of all time
The Gal Gadot blockbuster is approaching a $1 billion box office and has Oscar nominations in its sights.
Wonder Woman has superhuman strength, keys to an invisible airplane and can deflect bullets with her bracelets. But it seems she has one more special power as well: Getting moviegoers back into theaters.
Warner Bros. has just announced the latest stats for the summer blockbuster which starred Israeli actress Gal Gadot. Including international receipts, the film's box office now totals more than $800 million. That officially makes it the highest-grossing superhero origin film of all time. (Sorry, Spider-Man.)
What's all the more surprising is that the movie has done so well despite market forces to the contrary. Recent years have seen a downward trend in Americans' desire to head to the multiplex. With a bevy of sequels and unoriginal fare – coupled with advanced high-tech home theater setups, ever-larger TVs and more streaming options – people have chosen to stay home curled up on the couch with their remote and some microwave popcorn.
And despite it coming out nearly half a year ago, the movie's momentum doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. It was recently released on DVD and can now be found prominently displayed by the checkout aisles at Target, Walmart and even most grocery stores. (Let's see, we'll get some gum, batteries and that new Gal Gadot movie.) Warner Bros. is hoping it will be an impulse buy for people looking for stocking stuffers this holiday season.
Meanwhile, there will be buoyed interest when Gadot returns to theaters as Wonder Woman later this month when the "Justice League" film is released. In it, Gadot's character teams up with Batman, the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman to save the planet. You know, just a typical day at the office for a superhero.
While all of this is going on, Warner Bros. has launched a campaign to get "Wonder Woman" nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. A superhero film has never taken home that Oscar, often settling for lesser-known awards like Best Art Direction or Best Visual Effects.
But "Wonder Woman" seems to have the wind in its sails. It has a virtually unheard-of 92% positive rating on the movie ranking site Rotten Tomatoes, with their critical consensus being that the film is "Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance. Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion."
With a nearly $1 billion box office and a potential Oscar in her sights, it seems Wonder Woman may have one more superpower to reveal.
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