Many kids with craniofacial anomalies and their families are hopeful the burgeoning popularity of “Wonder” — which unexpectedly collected an estimated $27 million its first weekend in theaters — could allay some of the social stigma around faces that appear different from the norm.

Yates’ mother, Tonyana Rockett, believes the tale will inspire confidence in her son. She’s also optimistic the public will gain a better understanding of conditions like his, which alter the looks but not minds of those afflicted.

“All he wants to do is to be accepted,” she said.

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