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Here Are the 5 Biggest Records 'Wonder Woman' Has Broken

The DC superhero has been a marvel, powering Time Warner to beat earnings expectations in the second quarter.

Time Warner Inc.'s (TWX) second quarter got a shot in the arm from the box office success of "Wonder Woman" at Warner Bros., which has fulfilled its potential.

The studio reported a 12% increase in revenue to $2.99 billion, which represented more than 40% of Time Warner's $7.33 billion in revenue overall. Adjusted earnings per share of $1.33 per share were well ahead of the $1.19 consensus prediction.

"Wonder Woman" also beat the consensus prediction when it opened to $103.3 million on the first weekend of June, far ahead of Warner Bros.' expectations for a $65 million to $70 million weekend. Since then, "Wonder Woman" has continued to dazzle, posting big numbers in overseas markets and showing incredible staying power at the domestic box office. Exactly two months after its opening, the DC heroine has amassed $395.7 million at the domestic box office -- good for second thus far in 2017 -- and $789.1 million worldwide and has broken a slew of records in the process. Here are the five biggest ones.

1. Biggest Superhero Origin Story

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When the dust settles from the summer box office, "Wonder Woman" will be the largest superhero origin film of all time. Currently, 2002's "Spider-Man" still holds the record with $403.7 million, but it's only a matter of days before "Wonder Woman" speeds past that threshold, as it's $8 million away. Worldwide, "Wonder Woman" also will soon surpass the $821.7 million gross of "Spider-Man," as the DC film is approaching $800 million and still has a debut in Japan to look forward to at the end of the month.

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2. Biggest Film Directed by a Woman

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Part of the appeal of "Wonder Woman" is that it is a superhero film starring and directed by a woman, and that has translated at the box office. Impressively, this was Patty Jenkins' first big-budget film, having previously only directed the $8 million drama "Monster" in 2003. It was not Jenkins' first foray into big-budget filmmaking, though: Jenkins was hired by DC rival Marvel Studios to direct 2013's "Thor: The Dark World," but she exited the project, citing "creative differences."

DC was certainly happy to take Jenkins in, recognizing that a female superhero should have a female director tell her story. "Wonder Woman" will soon surpass 2013's "Frozen" ($400.7 million) at the domestic box office to become the highest-grossing film directed by a woman in the U.S. It's an incredible result that Jenkins will hope to blow past with "Wonder Woman 2," which recently was announced at this year's Comic-Con for a December 2019 release.

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3. Best Second-Weekend Hold for a Superhero Film in 15 Years

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Superhero films are notorious for being front-loaded at the box office, often opening big and dropping like a rock in the following weeks. The latest superhero film, "Spider-Man: Homecoming," lost 62% of its business in its second weekend, for example.

"Wonder Woman," though, proved to be the exception to the rule when the film fell only 43% in its second weekend, which was enough to propel it to another No. 1 showing at the box office. Not since "Spider-Man" in 2002 had a superhero film displayed such a strong hold following its debut. In the weeks since, "Wonder Woman" has never dropped more than 40%, and as a result the film has stayed among the top 10 films at the box office for the past nine weeks.

4. Biggest DCEU Film

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Warner Bros. launched the DC Extended Universe in 2013 with "Man of Steel," hoping to create a franchise of interconnected superhero films that could rival Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Though all of DC's films have been successful commercially, until "Wonder Woman" they were all poorly received, with last year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" drawing the ire of fans in particular.

Just when DC was on the verge of losing brand loyalty, though, "Wonder Woman" received glowing reviews from critics that made it the fourth-straight DC film to open over $100 million domestically (a perfect track record). Despite opening lower than all other DCEU films, "Wonder Woman" has now out-grossed them all by a wide margin -- it is $65 million ahead of what was hitherto the largest DC film, "Batman v Superman" ($330.4 million domestically). It goes to show that word of mouth can make a world of difference, especially when your movie seizes the zeitgeist like "Wonder Woman."

5. Biggest Movie of Summer 2017

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Few predicted that "Wonder Woman" would be the biggest movie to come out of this summer, with most analysts expecting Walt Disney Co.'s (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" to take the crown. Although the Marvel sequel has performed admirably, its $387.8 million domestic gross proved no match for "Wonder Woman." The DC film will soon become the second film to cross the $400 million threshold this year, with the only other one being "Beauty and the Beast," also from Disney.

The fact that both films star women in the lead role is no coincidence -- such was also the case for 2016's top two films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "Finding Dory." Hopefully, studio executives have caught onto the fact that girl power rules at the box office.

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