Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in “Wonder Woman 1984.”
Warner Bros. is taking a web page out of Universal’s theatrical playbook. On Wednesday, HBO Max introduced that “Wonder Woman 1984” would arrive on its streaming service on Dec. 25, the identical day it hits theaters.
The transfer comes as coronavirus circumstances in the U.S. attain file highs and studios fear that audiences will not flock to cinemas, even for brand spanking new titles.
“As we navigate these unprecedented times, we’ve had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve our fans,” mentioned Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group. “…We realize that a lot of consumers can’t go back to the movies due to the pandemic, so we also want to give them the option to see Wonder Woman 1984 via our HBO Max platform.”
Movie theater chains have been battered by the coronavirus. Shutdowns plagued the underside line in the course of the first six months of the pandemic and over the past three months, cinemas have struggled to entice moviegoers away from their couches. Much of their hassle stems from a scarcity of recent blockbuster options.
The majority of studios have opted to push their movies additional down the theatrical calendar to a time the place, hopefully, coronavirus circumstances have been stemmed.
The resolution to maintain “Wonder Woman 1984” on the 2020 calendar will enable theater chains to make a revenue off ticket gross sales and additionally drive subscriber sign-ups to HBO Max.
The first “Wonder Woman” movie had a $100 million opening weekend domestically and went on to garner greater than $820 million on the international field workplace. The sequel possible will not repeat these monetary good points throughout its debut, however its presence in the theaters is a boon for cinema homeowners, who a desperately in search of new content material to generate money.
Movie theater chains massive and small have warned that they want new content material in order to stay open. Without titles like “Wonder Woman 1984” many could be pressured to file for chapter in order to restructure their funds and keep afloat.