'Wonder Woman 1984' Tops American Box Office Again
Wonder Woman 1984 is on top of the box office for a second week in a row in the United States. The superhero movie was able to hold onto the crown despite suffering a pretty massive drop in ticket sales on its second weekend.
Variety reports that the New Year weekend saw Wonder Woman 1984 land on top of the American box office again, with total ticket sales amounting to $5.5 million. The superhero sequel has now earned $28.5 million in total in the United States.
The publication notes that the sequel is doing much worse than the original film, with its performance hampered by more than just the global coronavirus pandemic. According to Variety, Wonder Woman 1984 has been getting less than glowing reviews on social media.
Variety also notes that if Warner Bros. wants to see any positive news out of this, Wonder Woman 1984 should have significantly boosted the subscribers to the company’s new streaming service, HBO Max. As previously reported, Wonder Woman 1984 was released simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max.
Those higher subscriber numbers are definitely needed considering the steep drop in the movie experience in revenue compared to last week. During its first week topping the American box office, Wonder Woman 1984 brought in $16.7 million, leagues ahead of its competitors.
During that weekend, the number two movie in the country, News of the World, only brought in $2.4 million. The number one movie before Wonder Woman 1984, Monster Hunter, only brought in $2.2 million when it topped the box office.
Despite the steep drop in earnings, Deadline reports that the other films that make up the top 10 are still way below Wonder Woman 1984 when it comes to ticket sales. The second-place movie over the New Year’s weekend, Croods: A New Age, brought in $2.18 million.
In third place is News of the World, whose ticket returns dropped slightly to $1.69 million. Monster Hunter brought in $1.25 million on its third week, while Fatale did not even breach the million-dollar mark at $700,000.
One film that has managed to remain in the top 10 despite being three months into its run is The War With Grandpa, which earned $114,000 in its 13th week. It has earned $18.7 million so far.
The return of blockbuster numbers will probably hinge on how well the United States will deal with the global coronavirus pandemic under the new Biden administration. As of the Jan. 3 update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now 20,346,372 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. The number of people that have died from COVID-19 is now at 349,246.