Can ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Lift HBO Max Into Streaming Contention?

Tim Baysinger
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WarnerMedia is banking on an Amazonian goddess to jolt its streaming ambitions, even if it’s going to cost them financially. Warner Bros.’ decision to give “Wonder Woman 1984” a day-and-date release in theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day sent shockwaves throughout the film industry. The follow-up to Patty Jenkins’ 2017 hit becomes the biggest movie film so far to get rerouted to streaming amid a worsening pandemic that, despite positive vaccine news, isn’t expected to abate anytime soon. The simultaneous release on HBO Max — where it will be available for a month at no extra cost to subscribers — should take a big dent out of box office revenues, which were expected to be around $1 billion globally. The first “Wonder Woman” earned north of $800 million, with $413 million in the United States alone. But with COVID-19 cases spiking all across the country and leading to many states to re-enact stricter policies, a full theatrical release in the U.S. will not be viable for some time. Also Read: Can 'Wonder Woman 1984' Still Lasso Big Revenues With a Simultaneous HBO Max Release? “I think the studio hoped/believed that it could release domestically for a $30 – 40...

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