‘Wonder Woman’ box office hits a pandemic high in cinema, streaming showdown


Los Angeles, Dec. 27, 2020 (Reuters/Naija247news) “Wonder Woman 1984” pulled in roughly $36.1 million at theatres worldwide over the Christmas holiday weekend, distributor Warner Bros. said on Sunday as it confirmed plans for a third film in the superhero franchise.

Of that total, an estimated $16.7 million came from U.S. and Canadian theatres, the AT&T Inc-owned studio said.

That ranked as the highest domestic box office opening since the novel coronavirus shuttered theatres in March, though the numbers were a fraction of those typical for a big-budget action flick.

Millions of people also watched “WW84” at home in the U.S., where the movie was made available to stream via WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, the company said in a statement.

Total viewing hours on HBO Max tripled on Friday compared with a typical day in the previous month, according to the statement.

Warner Bros. said it would accelerate development of a third “Wonder Woman” movie also written and directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the lasso-wielding warrior.

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