Gal Gadot plays as Wonder Woman in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’.
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ hit theaters on Christmas Day, securing the highest box office opening of any domestic release since the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed the entertainment industry in March.
On Sunday, Warner Bros. reveals that the film grossed $ 16.7 million in the US and Canada. “Wonder Woman 1984” was one of the first major Hollywood blockbusters to be released in theaters on the same day and subsequently aired.
The simultaneous release was intended to cater for a limited number of open cinemas, limited seating and a general public that is still afraid to return to cinemas.
AT&T, a parent of Warner Bros., said Sunday that nearly half of its HBO Max subscribers watched ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on Christmas Day. At the beginning of December, the streaming service had approximately 12.6 million customers.
“Wonder Woman 1984 broke records and exceeded our expectations in all of our key viewing and subscriber statistics in the first 24 hours of service, and the interest and momentum we are seeing suggests that it is likely to continue after the weekend,” Andy said. said. Forssell, executive vice president and general manager of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer division. “During these very difficult times, it was nice to give families the option to enjoy this exciting film at home, where theater viewing was not an option.”
The theatrical success of the film led to the studio locating a third installment in the Wonder Woman franchise, the company said. It will be written and directed by Patty Jenkins, who helped the previous two films and made it clear last week that she will not be returning to the franchise if there is no acting model for the film possible.
Over the weekend, analysts were unsure whether the film could reach the $ 10 million that ‘The Croods: A New Age’ raised during the opening weekend during Thanksgiving. There were concerns that viewers on HBO Max would drop ticket sales significantly.
Even with a solid box office, there are fans and critics concerned about Warner Bros. ‘DC Extended Universe.
A week before he debuted in the US, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ received an 88% ‘Fresh’ rating on the review site Rotten Tomatoes out of 92 reviews. As of Sunday afternoon, the score had dropped to 65% from 285 reviews.
While the star of the film, Gal Gadot, was widely praised, the film was put to the test due to its poor story, inconsistencies in the plot and low quality CGI.
By comparison, the first Wonder Woman movie, released in 2017, scored a 93% mark, the highest of any movie in the DC Extended Universe. Private viewing parties and large-format screens such as IMAX and Dolby were the most popular way for moviegoers to see the latest movie during the holiday weekend, the company said.