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, a number of media shops reported that “Wonder Woman 1984” would arrive on its streaming service HBO Max on Dec. 25, the identical day it hits theaters.
The studies stem from a trailer posted to Warner Bros.’ YouTube web page which featured the day-and-date launch theatrically and on HBO Max within the title playing cards. The video has since been made personal.
Representatives for Warner Bros. didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for feedback.
The transfer comes as coronavirus circumstances within the U.S. attain document highs and studios fear that audiences will not flock to cinemas, even for brand new titles.
Movie theater chains have been battered by the coronavirus. Shutdowns plagued the underside line throughout 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 choice to maintain “Wonder Woman 1984” on the 2020 calendar will permit theater chains to make a revenue off ticket gross sales and likewise 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 probably will not repeat these monetary beneficial properties throughout its debut, however its presence within the theaters is a boon for cinema house owners, who a desperately looking for new content material to generate money.
Movie theater chains huge and small have warned that they want new content material as a way to stay open. Without titles like “Wonder Woman 1984” many could be pressured to file for chapter as a way to restructure their funds and keep afloat.