Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ International Numbers Much Lower Than Expected

Wonder Woman 1984 doesn’t open in the U.S. for a few more days, in both theaters and HBO Max, but in other parts of the world it hit theaters over the weekend. While it could be a long time before theatrical bounces back here, in China and other international territories they are long back to normal, which makes these numbers for the anticipated sequel so alarming.

Opening in China to a disappointing $18.8M, the international haul for Wonder Woman 1984 amounted to just $38.5M in 32 markets.

For context, 2017’s Wonder Woman debuted in China to $38M and would go on to earn $90M there overall. And I think it’s worth noting that Hollywood blockbusters have often struggled in China and that has definitely been the case this year. Tenet did just $29.6M a few months ago, and Disney’s numbers for Mulan were very underwhelming with $23M. China is the biggest driver of business outside of the U.S. so it’s imperative that a movie does well there  and that is just not happening.

The success or fail of the film is going to depend on how it does domestically, however, Warner Bros. has an out no matter what. If it bombs, they’ll say it’s due to theaters not being ready or because people chose to stay home and watch it on HBO Max. And that gives them more cover for their strategy to release everything on streaming in 2021. [THR]

 

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.