Daily US Times: The sequel to 2017’s superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman has opened in US theaters, generating “surprisingly robust” ticket sales, one industry paper said.
Variety said the Warner Bros film Wonder Woman 1984’s $16.7m debut was “the biggest opening weekend haul in the coronavirus era”.
The movie was made available on the HBO Max streaming service on the same day it opened in more than 2,000 cinemas in the US and Canada.
Its distributor said HBO Max’s viewing hours had tripled as a consequence.
Nearly half of the platform’s retail subscribers viewed Wonder Woman 1984 when it became available on Christmas Day, according to Warner Media.
It said the streaming platform’s total viewing hours on 25 December were more than three times that of a typical day in the previous month.
The original Wonder Woman made more than $100m at the United States and Canada box office when it opened in more than 4,000 cinemas in June 2017.
The new sequel’s opening weekend earnings were a fraction of that record-breaking amount, yet still exceeded box office projections, according to its distributor.
The Warner Bros film’s Christmas weekend takings were comparable to the opening weekend haul of Tenet, the only other major studio release to take cinemas since March.
Christopher Nolan’s film Tenet made $20.2m when it opened over the long Labor Day weekend in Canada and the US in September after three days of previews.
Wonder Woman 1984 made $36.1m overall over the Christmas weekend worldwide, taking its total global takings to $85m.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film sees Gal Gadot, Israeli actress, reprise her role as the DC Comics superhero against a 1980s backdrop.