'Wonder Woman' box office hits a pandemic high in cinema, streaming showdown
By Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Wonder Woman 1984" grossed around $ 36.1 million in theaters worldwide on the Christmas holiday weekend, distributor Warner Bros. announced on Sunday when it confirmed plans for a third film in the superhero franchise.
Of this, an estimated $ 16.7 million came from US and Canadian theaters, the studio of AT&T Inc. announced. This was the highest domestic box office opening since cinemas closed by the novel coronavirus in March, even though the numbers were only a fraction of those typical of a big budget action film.
Millions of people have also watched "WW84" at home in the United States, where the film was made available for streamed by WarnerMedia on HBO Max, the company said in a statement.
The total viewing hours on HBO Max tripled on Friday compared to a typical day in the previous month.
Warner Bros. said it would speed development of a third "Wonder Woman" film, also written and directed by Patty Jenkins, that stars Gal Gadot as the lassoing warrior.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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