Wonder Woman 1984 opening weekend leads to fast-tracked third film

"Wonder Woman 1984" soared into theaters on Christmas day and secured the very best field workplace opening of any film launched domestically because the coronavirus pandemic crippled the leisure trade in mid-March.

On Sunday, Warner Bros. revealed that the film tallied $16.7 million within the U.S. and Canada. "Wonder Woman 1984" was one of many first main Hollywood blockbusters to be launched in theaters and on streaming on the identical day.

The simultaneous launch was meant to accommodate for a restricted variety of open film theaters, restricted seating capability and a basic public that continues to be frightened of returning to cinemas.

Warner Bros.-parent AT&T stated Sunday that just about half of its HBO Max subscribers considered "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas day. As of early December, the streaming service had round 12.6 million clients.

"Wonder Woman 1984 broke records and exceeded our expectations across all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service, and the interest and momentum we're seeing indicates this will likely continue well beyond the weekend," stated Andy Forssell, government vp and basic supervisor, of WarnerMedia's direct-to-consumer division. "During these very difficult times, it was nice to give families the option of enjoying this uplifting film at home, where theater viewing wasn't an option."

The theatrical success of the film has led the studio to fast-track a third installment within the Wonder Woman franchise, the corporate stated. It might be written and directed by Patty Jenkins, who helmed the earlier two movies and, final week, made it clear that she wouldn’t return to the franchise if there was not a theatrical mannequin made doable for the film.

Heading into the weekend, analysts have been uncertain if the film might high the almost $10 million that "The Croods: A New Age" secured throughout its opening weekend throughout Thanksgiving. There have been considerations that viewership on HBO Max would considerably cannibalize ticket gross sales.

Still, even with a hefty field workplace haul, there’s concern from followers and critics about Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe.

Every week earlier than debuting within the U.S., "Wonder Woman 1984" held an 88% "Fresh" ranking on evaluation web site Rotten Tomatoes from 92 opinions. As of Sunday afternoon, that rating has dropped down to 65% from 285 opinions.

While the film's star, Gal Gadot, was extensively praised, the film itself was lambasted for its weak story, plot inconsistencies and low-quality CGI.

For comparability, the primary "Wonder Woman" film, launched in 2017, earned a 93% rating, the very best of any film within the DC Extended Universe. Private watch events and enormous format screens like IMAX and Dolby have been the most well-liked avenue for moviegoers to see the newest film over the vacation weekend, the corporate stated.

Disclosure: Comcast is the guardian firm of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal owns Dreamworks Animation, the studio behind "The Croods: A New Age," and Rotten Tomatoes.

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