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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.

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