One of the most awaited films of 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 is off to a poor opening in China.
It’s been a tough year for the entertainment industry. With theatres and cinema halls remained shut down across the world for almost six months, the industry suffered a huge loss. With the restrictions being eased in the last couple of months, one would expect a revival. However, things aren’t going smooth as of now. The new big release of this week, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 is off to a poor opening in China.
The film is released at a time when COVID-19 cases are rising and people are busy with Christmas festivities. As per Deadline, Wonder Woman 1984 did a business of $7 million in China on Friday and touched the $14.2 million mark by the end of Saturday. Patty Jenkins-helmed sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman surrendered to the local film The Rescue, which grossed $13 million its first day. The film is expected to cross $20 million on Sunday which is way lower than the makers were expecting from a big market like China.
The opening is lower than Christopher Nolan’s Tenet which released in August when the fear of pandemic was at its peak. Tenet collected $29.7 million in the opening weekend. This is definitely a sign of worry for the filmmakers.
Wonder Woman 1984 is also releasing in 31 other countries including the UK, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico. It will release in the US on Dec 25. In India, the film is releasing a day prior, i.e Dec 24, 2020.
Wonder Woman 1984 is a grand film with an estimated budget of around $200 million. In the United States and Canada, the film was projected to gross $10–15 million from about 3,000 theaters in its opening weekend. However, projections are after a below par opening in the international markets.
About the film
Wonder Woman 1984 is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. It is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film stars Gal Gadot in lead along with Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal and others. Set in 1984 during the Cold War, the film follows Diana and her past love Steve Trevor as they face off against Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.