‘Wonder Woman 3’ Gets Fast-Tracked as Sequel Breaks COVID-Era Box Office Records

Patty Jenkins (left) and Gal Gadot (right) | Warner Bros.

With Wonder Woman 1984 showcasing some strength at the box office, Warner Bros. is keen to get a start on the third film in the franchise.

The studio has announced that development on Wonder Woman 3 is being fast-tracked. After directing the two WW films thus far, Patty Jenkins will be staying at the helm, with Gal Gadot poised to reprise her role as Diana Prince.

“As fans around the world continue to embrace Diana Prince, driving the strong opening weekend performance of Wonder Woman 1984, we are excited to be able continue her story with our real life Wonder Women – Gal and Patty – who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Wonder Woman 1984 has been doing well at the box office – or, as well as it can during this industry-disrupting pandemic. After receiving an international theatrical rollout (where possible) on December 16th, the film received its simultaneous HBO Max and theatrical release in the US on December 25th. And the numbers are in: So far, WW84 has $US85 million in earnings, a pull that has exceeded projections. The film had a COVID-era record $US16.7 million domestic draw during its Christmas holiday opening weekend in the US, surpassing WB’s Christopher Nolan film, Tenet, which opened to $US9.4 million domestically. Overseas, in around 41 markets, WW84 pulled in $US68.3 million in its first fortnight of release.

And as for its HBO Max viewership, it looks as though that’s gone swimmingly for WarnerMedia as well.

Wonder Woman 1984 broke records and exceeded our expectations across all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service, and the interest and momentum we’re seeing indicates this will likely continue well beyond the weekend,” said Andy Forssell, Executive Vice President and General Manager, WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer. “During these very difficult times, it was nice to give families the option of enjoying this uplifting film at home, where theatre viewing wasn’t an option.”

Review-wise, WW84 isn’t enjoying the warm reception given to its predecessor. The sequel is being met with wildly mixed reviews from critics; at the time of writing, it holds a 62% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 59 score on Metacritic. General audiences also appear to be polarised, with a 72% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a low 5.6 on IMDb, the latter of which makes it the lowest-rated DC universe movie thus far on the database site (Suicide Squad has a 6, Birds of Prey has a 6.1, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a 6.4). For the record, while I certainly had issues with it, I mostly enjoyed the film. My review is HERE.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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