If you were left in any doubt as to whether we’re likely to see many huge tentpole movies hitting big the multiplex this year, you only need to take a look at Wonder Woman 1984’s sophomore frame at the U.S. box office, where it dipped -67% in its second weekend with $5.5m in receipts. Those HBO Max subscriptions had better be through the roof.
The New Year’s holiday takings were bolstered by $10.1m from the international markets, taking the total for the Patty Jenkins directed superhero sequel to $118.5m worldwide. The top markets so far have been US/Canada ($28m), China ($25m), and Australia ($11m), but it seems that Wonder Woman 1984 won’t even get close to Tenet‘s perceived failure as the pandemic’s blockbuster litmus test.
Obviously these figures are a result of the decimation of the moviegoing business on a global scale, but with WarnerMedia only announcing non-specific details on how Wonder Woman 1984 performed on HBO Max, it makes you wonder what this does for their plans to release their entire theatrical output for 2021 simultaneously on their streaming platform. However, it didn’t stop them moving forward with plans for Wonder Woman 3.
Elsewhere in the domestic chart, The Croods: A New Age grossed $2.2m in its sixth week of release, taking its total to $34.5m, while Tom Hanks reunion with his Captain Philips director Paul Greengrass, News of the World, roped in $1.7m for Universal, taking its total to $5.7m. Netflix have bought the international rights for the slow-burn western.
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Wonder Woman 1984 reunites Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins with stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Robin Wright (General Antiope) and new additions Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters) as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as Maxwell Lord.