‘News of the World’ Delivers $1.1M at Christmas Day Box Office, ‘WW84’…

1:59 PM PST 12/26/2020


Pamela McClintock

Wonder Woman 1984 News of the World Promising Young Woman

Warner Bros.; Universal Pictures; Focus Features

Breaking from custom amid the continued pandemic, Warner Bros. is not offering numbers for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ within the customary trend till the top of the weekend.

Normally, a Hollywood studio would blare the trumpets if one in all its motion pictures topped the field workplace chart on Christmas Day, a busy time for moviegoing as soon as presents are unwrapped.

But this 12 months — amid the continued coronavirus pandemic — Warner Bros. is breaking from trade custom and shielding grosses for Wonder Woman 1984 from view till Sunday, Dec. 27. (Sony is doing the identical with Monster Hunter, which is heading into its second weekend).

WW84, which debuted concurrently on HBO Max and in U.S. cinemas on Dec. 25, will little doubt win the vacation body as soon as numbers are revealed.

Save for Warners and Sony, different studios are reporting within the standard trend by way of Comscore, the trade receptacle for real-time theater grosses.

Universal’s grownup drama News of the World, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, opened to $1.1 million from 1,900 cinemas on Christmas Day.

Among the opposite motion pictures daring to launch over the vacation amid the COVID-19 disaster and theater reclosures, Focus Features’ specialty movie A Promising Young Woman began off Christmas Day with an estimated $270,000 from 1,310 websites.

Both News of the World and Promising Young Woman are planting a flag on this 12 months’s delayed awards race. Universal has the leeway to proceed to launch movies in film homes due to its new premium VOD window, which permits a title to play within the dwelling 17 days or extra after it hits the massive display screen.

After delaying the discharge of WW84 quite a few occasions due to the pandemic, Warner Bros. and mother or father firm WarnerMedia determined to shatter the theatrical window solely and open the movie on the identical day on HBO Max and in no matter theaters stay open (or roughly 2,150 places). Nearly 60 % of the North American field workplace is offline by way of marketshare.

The sequel, which reunites director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot, ought to simply submit the highest three-day opening for the reason that pandemic started with a quantity within the mid-teens. That can be a wanted victory contemplating the challenges going through the field workplace, which is down 80 % 12 months over 12 months.

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