Fans and celebrities alike are in love with Wonder Woman.
The film — starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright — received glowing reviews, caused a Twitterstorm praising its message of empowerment, and has now obliterated box office records by scoring the biggest opening weekend for a female-directed film, with $100.5 million.
Many cited the Patty Jenkins-helmed film as a positive example for daughters and younger viewers. Oscar winner Viola Davis couldn’t wait to take her daughter, Genesis, to an early Thursday screening of the film.
Other celebrities also took to social media to share their love for the film.
Rosario Dawson posted a video of herself imitating the Amazonian hero’s signature moves.
Lupita Nyong’o posted a tribute on Instagram Friday, writing, “Ok people, I just left the theater and KNOW for CERTAIN that the GODS have seen fit to BLESS us with #WONDERWOMAN. W.O.W.”
“It is a superhero movie like none I have ever seen,” she continued. “Epic. FUN. Engaging. Stylistically Captivating. Funny in an honest, not-trying-too-hard way. Witty. Smart. Perfect length. Fierce. Sensual. Just amazing.”
Bryce Dallas Howard said the movie “rocked” her world.
Joss Whedon, who directed the Marvel film The Avengers, called it a “delight.”
Fellow woman director and Oscar nominee Ava Duvernay also congratulated Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, calling the film a “triumph.”
Josh Gad, who starred in Beauty and the Beast, “couldn’t be prouder” of a film representing women and inspiring young girls.
The groundswell comes as effusive reviews begin to roll in praising the film, directed by Patty Jenkins, for its “exhilarating” and “refreshing” take on the legendary character, and Gal Gadot‘s “revelatory” performance as the Amazon warrior.
Entertainment Weekly’s “Ultimate Guide to Wonder Woman” is out now.
At one point, the film netted an impressive 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes — higher than any other recent DC superhero movie. And although initial projections had the film hurtling toward a $65 million opening weekend, pundits are now adjusting that number to upwards of $90 million in the wake of critical kudos and surging momentum.
“For me, it’s mind-blowing that this character has been around for 76 years and only now we get the opportunity to tell her origin story,” Gadot recently said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “There’s so many beautiful things about her. She’s all about truth, and justice, and love, and compassion, and acceptance. And I think that now more than ever, these values are so relative. And we made sure to capture those messages in a very sweet way in the movie.”