After weeks of speculation, the Warner Bros. has confirmed that “ Wonder Woman 1984 ” will premiere in the US on Christmas Day simultaneously in theaters and via the HBO Max platform – which also operates in Canada – at no additional cost to your subscribers.
Regarding its international premiere, the company has indicated that in the rest of the world, where HBO Max is not available, the film will hit theaters on December 16, 2020.
“As we navigate this unprecedented era, we have had to be innovative to maintain our business and continue to serve our fans,” said Ann Sarnoff, CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, which includes Warner, in a statement. communicated. Bros. Pictures.
“It’s a great movie that really comes to life on the big screen and, in collaboration with our exhibiting partners, we will be bringing this option to consumers in the United States where theaters are open,” he added.
Sarnoff acknowledged that “many consumers cannot make it back to theaters due to the pandemic,” and therefore want to facilitate the option of watching Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max, where it will remain available for a month.
Many analysts expected the studio to push back the film’s release date until 2021 (as most big-budget movies, such as “ Black Widow, ” “ Fast & Furious 9 ” or “ No Time to Die ”). which is a movie that under normal conditions could exceed $ 1 billion at the box office.
Currently, around 50% of US theaters remain closed due to the coronavirus.
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However, with this move, the study expects an increase in subscriptions to HBO Max, which costs $ 15 per month and has huge competition against Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney +.
Patty Jenkins directed the debut installment of “ Wonder Woman ” (2017), a huge phenomenon that elevated Gal Gadot to a world star and raised $ 822 million.
In the sequel, originally slated for June, Gadot is joined by Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, among others, in a story set in the 1980s.
“We love our movie and we love our fans, so we hope the movie brings some joy and relief to everyone around this time,” Jenkins said.