Warner Bros. has postponed the release of “Wonder Woman 1984”, the latest development in Hollywood’s difficult plans to return to theaters.
The superhero sequel starring Gal Gadot, which was due to debut on October 2, will hit theaters on December 25, 2020.
“Patty is an exceptional director and with Wonder Woman 1984 she has made an incredibly dynamic film that viewers of all ages around the world will love,” said Toby Emmerich, president of Warmer Bros. Motion Picture Group. “We are very proud of the film and can’t wait to bring it to the public for the holidays.”
Director Patty Jenkins added, “First let me tell you how much Gal and I love all of our devoted Wonder Woman fans around the world, and your enthusiasm for ̵
Warner Bros. recently took a risk by releasing “Tenet” on the big screen, marking the first major blockbuster since cinemas closed in March due to the pandemic. The $ 200 million budget film, by director Christopher Nolan, launched over the Labor Day weekend in the US for $ 20 million. Sources say the studio was waiting to consider the sale of tickets for “Tenet” before making a decision on the transfer of “Wonder Woman”.
With the delay of “Wonder Woman 1984”, “Tenet” will not face much competition among ticket buyers and could see an increase in sales in the coming weeks. For now, Disney and Marvel’s “Black Widow” comic book adventure on November 6 is the next major movie on the calendars. Meanwhile, smaller films like Sony’s romantic comedy “The Broken Hearts Gallery” are still slated to open this weekend.
Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune”, also from Warner Bros., is still due out on December 18, a week before “Wonder Woman 1984”. But there’s a good chance the film – starring Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya – will be pushed into 2021 to avoid clashing with public attention.
Nearly 70% of cinemas in the United States have reopened, but major markets like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco remain closed. Analysts suggest it’s not wise to release high-budget movies until those areas can accommodate users. The first “Wonder Woman” raised over $ 400 million from North American theaters in 2017 – and the sequel would struggle to come close to that without some of the country’s biggest markets at stake.
Warner Bros. has found tremendous holiday success with its DC properties. “Aquaman”, released in 2018, generated over $ 1 billion after being released in theaters over the Christmas period. The hope, barring a second wave of coronavirus, is that theaters in New York and Los Angeles can open by then.
It is not entirely surprising that the sequel “Wonder Woman” has been postponed again. Four weeks before the October release date and the studio had practically no promotion. “Wonder Woman” is an extremely important franchise for Warner Bros. and the company could not risk mediocre box office receipts.
“Wonder Woman 1984” has been postponed numerous times due to the pandemic. It was originally scheduled for June 5th before moving to August 14th and then October 2nd.
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