NEW YORK • The Warner Bros. superhero flick “Wonder Woman 1984” opened in 32 markets around the world last weekend, bringing in US$38.5 million (RM155.93 million) in box-office receipts just ahead of what will be an unorthodox debut in the US.
The movie, starring Gal Gadot in the title role, will open in nine more regions this week, including Australia and South Korea, according to a statement on Sunday from Comscore Inc.
The movie will appear in US theatres on Christmas Day, with a simultaneous debut on the in-home streaming platform HBO Max. The controversial strategy is a response to the pandemic, which has kept theatres closed or nearly empty, as well as an attempt to promote the fledgling service. Only 34% of North American theatres are open now, according to Comscore.
Christopher Nolan’s twisty action thriller “Tenet” — also from AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros — opened solely in theatres earlier this year, and its tepid US box office was a factor in the studio changing its approach with “Wonder Woman”. “Tenet” grossed US$380,000 last weekend in 38 markets, including the US and Canada for a cumulative total of US$362.2 million.
“Monster Hunter,” which debuted last weekend from Sony Corp, took the top US box-office spot, with US$2.2 million in ticket sales at more than 1,700 locations. — Bloomberg