NEW YORK (AP) – After Christopher Nolan’s less than stellar theatrical debut “Tenet,” Warner Bros. his next big release, “Wonder Woman 1984”, is out until Christmas.
The postponement of the sequel to “Wonder Woman,” which was due to hit theaters on October 2, follows on the heels of Hollywood’s strongest attempt to lure moviegoers back to theaters during the pandemic.
Warner Bros. ‘ $ 200 million “Tenet” fared well in the initial international release, but found ticket sales more difficult to find in the United States. About 25% of US theaters remain closed, including those in the top markets of Los Angeles and New York.
“Tenet” grossed about $ 20 million in the North American rollout, including two weeks of screenings in Canada. Some felt that, given the circumstances, this was the best it could be and that there was plenty of evidence that audiences would follow new releases in theaters. The “Wonder Woman 1984” postponement suggests that Hollywood’s fall may be a little better than summer.
Wonder Woman 1984, one of the many blockbusters originally slated for summer, had been the next big budget release on the calendar. Now that gap is widening to Walt Disney Co.’s “Black Widow”, a Marvel release slated for November 6. Other smaller productions will continue. Sony Pictures will release the rom-com “Broken Hearts Gallery” this weekend.
Announcing the move to Dec. 25, Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warmer Bros. Motion Picture Group, in a statement, “We are very proud of the film and look forward to bringing it to the public during the holiday season.”