Saturday, May 18, 2024

Box Office: “Wonder Woman” Sequel Scores $16.7 Mil, Exceeds Expectations Despite Mixed Reviews and Limited Theaters


It’s not a great movie and it can’t play in a lot of locations. But “Wonder Woman 1984” is a hit, nonetheless.

The sequel to “Wonder Woman” from 2017 made $16.7 million in theaters this weekend despite some states, like New York and California, not being open at all. It’s the highest box office total opening weekend of any movie since the pandemic started.

“WW84” even did better than Warner Bros.’ last big release, “Tenet,” right before Labor Day. Of course, the Patty Jenkins movie was easier, if less interesting, to figure out than Christopher Nolan’s. But that’s another story.

Meanwhile, HBO Max is showing “WW84” at the same time to people who have no access to theaters or are too timid to go into them. So right now we should consider the Gal Gadot super hero flick a big hit even if it has only a 65 on Rotten Tomatoes and a lot of bad reactions on social media. The audience went to see it, that’s all that matters.

“WW84” has a total of $85 million worldwide from theaters, which ain’t bad. Warner Bros, plagued by the plague, can breathe a little easier now.

Also new at the box office, two Oscar-centric films: Tom Hanks in “News of the World” and Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman.” They should have been day-and-date to streaming, they’re top notch and will play very well in home theaters this winter.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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