Unless something is terribly right, Wonder Woman 1984 it will almost certainly retain the undesirable distinction of being the lowest-grossing film in the DCEU for the foreseeable future.
Released at the height of the pandemic’s opening wave, the Patty Jenkins sequel was the first major hit to receive a simultaneous theatrical release and HBO Max, where it ended up earning just $ 166 million at the box office.
Although it is also a hybrid, this time classified R, The Suicide Squad James Gunn fared much better, bringing in $ 600,000 more than Gal Gadot’s second solo outing.
The whole thing has been a source of constant contempt and criticism from within and without the industry, and in an interview with The LA Times, producer Charles Roven admitted that the daily rendezvous with Wonder Woman 1984 it wasn’t a hit, even if it was the best choice out of a bunch of bad options at the time.
“Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and myself were asked if we would support a daily release of Wonder Woman 1984 when we were at the height of COVID, and had already held the film for over a year. We were really facing the possibility of simultaneous release on HBO Max in December 2020 or wait until December 2021.
We have decided to do it. But we weren’t told it would be like this throughout 2021. And I have to say I think they themselves [la Warner Bros.] they know it didn’t work. There are some really great movies and I think I produced one of the best, which was The Suicide Squad by James Gunn. And his box office was tiny compared to what he did on HBO Max. I think it was a missed opportunity.
This option seems to have disappeared, and not just because the directors didn’t like it, but because I think the studios themselves realize they were capping their revenues. In no way “Spider-Man” would have been the hit it is if it had been shared with streaming. “
On the plus side, every single DCEU project from now on will be showing exclusively on the big screen or HBO Max, and the speakers will increase by the end of 2022. Black Adam by Dwayne Johnson, The Flash And Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom they are coming to multiplexes, while Batgirl could attract many new subscribers to the WarnerMedia platform.