‘Wonder Woman’ takes a sharp hike in profits

American media giant Time Warner has recorded profits beyond expectations from its blockbuster superhero film Wonder Woman.

The US media firm recorded 11.6 percent increase in second-quarter net income to US$1.1 billion, driven by a strong performance by Warner Bros, which includes its movie business.

Wonder Woman, being played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, had gathered about US$800 million worldwide by the end of July, it said.

The sequel of Wonder Woman will be released in December 2019.

Time Warner said the total sales had hiked to US$7.3 billion in three months to June 30, despite a fall in advertising revenue in its Turner division.

Time Warner said Wonder Woman was already the highest profit-given film by a female director, and it is also the third-highest earning movie ever at the US box office.

It also said the Lego Batman Movie and the sequel to Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find them had boosted sales.