Thursday, May 23, 2024

Box Office Blues: Warner’s “Wonder Woman 1984” Is Mostly a Bust in 2,200 Theaters After 5 Weeks in Release


Warner Bros. says it’s gone charging into the breach to make a third “Wonder Woman” movie.

But the second one, “Wonder Woman 1984,” has been a bust in theaters. Granted, theaters aren’t open in a lot of places. But Warner’s has still found 2,200 screens for Patty Jenkins’ movie starring Gal Gadot.

And in those 2,200 locations, “WW84” has made just $37 million in five weeks. That’s underwhelming to say the least. But so were the reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, critics have it at 59%.

Of course, “WW84” was available on HBO Max until today, when the runs ends. But let’s say it took in the same amount there via subscribers. A $74 million total for this DC Comics film would have been a disaster beyond description.

So it wasn’t just the pandemic keeping people away from “Wonder Woman.” Poor word of mouth definitely had something to do with it.

Do we need another “Wonder Woman’? Is the Patty Jenkins magic over? WB and DC are counting on her for more hits. Let’s hope she can lasso the chemistry of the first “Wonder Woman” again, and quickly.



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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