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'Wonder Woman' is a hit that even Hollywood can't ignore

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/5/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, director Patty Jenkins arrives at the world premiere of her film, "Wonder Woman" in Los Angeles. Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, director Patty Jenkins arrives at the world premiere of her film, "Wonder Woman" in Los Angeles. Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Batman is the superhero with the calling-card beam of light, but Wonder Woman sent a signal over the weekend that even Hollywood couldn't miss.

FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, director Patty Jenkins, left, and actress Gal Gadot arrive at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, director Patty Jenkins, left, and actress Gal Gadot arrive at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" grossed $103.3 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together.

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman." The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman." The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

"Wonder Woman" is a hit, and in a movie industry that has seldom put female filmmakers behind the camera for its biggest blockbusters, it could be an important one. Researchers, though, are skeptical Hollywood is doing enough to change gender imbalance.

FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, Gal Gadot arrives at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" in Los Angeles. The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, Gal Gadot arrives at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" in Los Angeles. The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, director Patty Jenkins, left, and actress Gal Gadot arrive at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, director Patty Jenkins, left, and actress Gal Gadot arrive at the world premiere of "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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