“Wonder Woman 1984” has scored this year’s highest box office opening.
The sequel to the 2017 blockbuster hit both theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day. The film raked in $16.7 million in ticket sales in the United States and $36.1 million worldwide, according to Warner Bros. These earnings were exceptional considering that almost two-thirds of movie theaters in the country are closed right now due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” said Andy Forssell, executive vice president and general manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer.
Viewing hours tripled on HBO Max also tripled the day “Wonder Woman” debuted on the platform, compared with a regular November day. Following this mega success of the dual release, the studio revealed that the third installment is now being “fast-tracked” and will be written and directed by Patty Jenkins, who worked on the first two films.