Wonder Woman 1984 pushed to Christmas after Tenet's lukewarm box office response in US

Wonder Woman 1984, one of the many tentpoles originally set for the summer, was the next big-budget release on the 2020 calendar.

The Associated Press September 12, 2020 09:28:14 IST
Wonder Woman 1984 pushed to Christmas after Tenet's lukewarm box office response in US

Following the less-than-stellar theatrical debut of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, Warner Bros is delaying its next big release, Wonder Woman 1984, to Christmas.

The postponement Friday of the Wonder Woman sequel, which had been scheduled to hit theatres 2 October, comes on the heels of Hollywood’s boldest attempt to lure moviegoers back to theatres during the pandemic.

Warner Bros′ $200 million Tenet fared well in its international-first launch, but found ticket sales harder to come by in the United States. About 25 percent of US theatres remain closed, including those in the top markets of Los Angeles and New York. All theatres are operating at reduced capacity.

Tenet grossed about $20 million in its North American rollout, which included two weeks of showings in Canada. Some believed that was as good as possible, given the circumstances, and hinted that audiences would follow new releases into theatres.

But the Wonder Woman 1984 postponement was its own kind of verdict, suggesting the studio doesn’t believe current box-office returns can sustain its big-budget releases. Universal Studios on Friday also pushed the Jordan Peele-produced thriller Candyman from 16 October to sometime next year. Hollywood’s fall is starting to look like its mostly scuttled summer.

Wonder Woman 1984, one of many blockbusters originally set for the summer, had been the next big-budget release on the calendar. Now, that gap extends to the Walt Disney Co’s Black Widow, a Marvel release slated for 6 November. Other, smaller productions are going ahead. Sony Pictures this weekend is releasing the rom-com Broken Hearts Gallery.

Announcing the move of Wonder Woman 1984 to 25 December, Toby Emmerich, Warmer Bros Motion Picture Group chairman, said in a statement: “We’re very proud of the film and look forward to bringing it to audiences for the holidays.”

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