‘Wonder Woman’ soared to No. 1 at the perfect time for millions of teenage girls

Wonder Woman is No. 1 at the U.S. box office and millions of teenage girls are getting the message of empowerment. The movie, experts say, could not have come a moment too soon.

The Warner Bros. TWX, +0.52% movie made $100.5 million in its first weekend in the U.S. and $122.5 million worldwide on a $149 million budget. It’s the biggest opening weekend for a female director (Patty Jenkins) and, after years of movies with male superheroes, marks a cultural and commercial shift. Starring Israeli actress Gal Godot, it’s the fourth in the DC Comics universe, and the first three performed poorly compared with Walt Disney’s DIS, -0.62% Marvel franchise.

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