January 3, 2021
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman 1984 generated an estimated $5.5 million in domestic weekend box office revenue through Jan. 3 — down about 67% from the previous weekend tally of $16.7 million, according to industry data. WW84, which stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig, has sold about $28.5 million in tickets in the U.S. and entered the weekend with more than $100 million in global revenue — about half of the movie’s production budget. The movie is playing in about 40% of available U.S. screens due to the ongoing pandemic.
The theatrical drop underscores the fact the sequel to the 2017 Wonder Woman is also available to stream on HBO Max for the next 21 days.
Universal Pictures again dominated the majority of the first 2021 weekend Top 10 box office titles, led by The Croods: A New Age with an estimated $2 million in ticket sales. The DreamWorks Animation sequel has generated $34.4 million in the U.S.; $102 million worldwide since its release Nov. 25, 2020.
Other titles included Tom Hanks-starrer News of the World with $1.5 million ($5.2 million total); Screen Gems’ Monster Hunter ($1.1 million/$10.9 million globally); Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman ($630,000/$1.8 million); Lionsgate’s Fatale ($610,000/$3 million); Roadside Attractions’ Pinocchio ($743,000/$21.2 million globally); 101 Studios’ The War With Grandpa ($115,000/$31.5 million worldwide); Universal’s Come Play ($51,000/$11.8 million globally); and Freaky ($41,000/$14.8 million worldwide).
Walt Disney Studios’ re-release of 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt, generated $125,000 worldwide.
Meanwhile, Allan Reagan, CEO of the Flix Brewhouse theatrical chain in Texas, told CNBC he expects the moviegoing attendance to permanently decline from 15% to 25% in 2022 despite the various virus vaccine coming on the market.
“That’s the way we’re gaming this out permanently,” Reagan said.