Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins-Gal Gadot’s Sequel Delays Release to Christmas

Wonder Woman 1984′ Delays Release to Christmas

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This marks the latest shift for the superhero sequel amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Wonder Woman 1984 is delaying its release again, this time from October 2 to December 25, due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
The shift doesn’t impact the December 18 date for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which Warner Bros. is releasing on behalf of Legendary.

Warner insiders say they reached the decision amid the ongoing uncertainty as to when cinemas in such major markets such as New York City and Los Angeles will reopen. As of now, about 35 percent of the domestic marketplace remains dark in terms of moviegoing.

One advantage of moving Wonder Woman 1984: it gives fellow Warners event pic Tenet, from filmmaker Christopher Nolan, more time to expand its audience as cinemas continue to reopen across the country. Both films cost in the $200 million range to produce before marketing, meaning they need to do many hundreds of millions to land in the black.

Insiders say Warners began debating whether to move Wonder Woman 1984 long before Tenet finally unfurled in the first major test of the appetite for moviegoing in the COVID-19 era.

Tenet officially opened September 3 where it could in the U.S. (New York City and Los Angeles are among the key markets still closed).

The $200 million espionage epic took in an estimated $20 million in its debut, including weekday grosses and prior weekend earnings in Canada, according to Warners.

Tenet is faring much better overseas, where it has cleared nearly $150 million to date. The international box office is further along in terms of a recovery.

Wonder Woman 1984 reunites director Patty Jenkins with star Gal Gadot, and is a follow-up to the 2017 blockbuster that earned more than $820 million at the global box office, and launched a new franchise for DC and Warners.

Jenkins’ sequel was supposed to hit the big screen in early June, then in mid-August, and next it was pushed to October.

Hollywood had been hopeful that the fall would see the box office normalize, but a surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the summer has delayed theater openings in a number of top markets.

There are rumors that Disney and Marvel’s Black Widow could vacate its November 6 release date because of concerns over the state of the box office. One event pic that’s determined to stay on the calendar so far is MGM’s James Bond installment No Time to Die, set for November 20.