Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on HBO Max the same day.

Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on HBO Max the same day.

One of 2020’s last big blockbusters, Wonder Woman 1984, will simultaneously be released in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25th.

A press release from Warner Bros. confirms the film will be available for one month. And premiere in theaters in international markets on December 16th. After the one month period is over, the film will play exclusively in theaters. Following that, the film will enter a traditional windowing period. That means it will head to digital retailers like Amazon and iTunes, before likely finding its way back to HBO Max.

Unlike Mulan, Wonder Woman 1984 won’t cost anything extra beyond the monthly subscription fee. HBO Max subscribers will have the opportunity to watch the film directly from home. The streaming service costs $14.99 a month. The move comes as uncertainty grows over whether theaters will remain open as cases surge across the United States. Even if they do remain open, however, it’s uncertain whether people will actually attend screenings. This way, WarnerMedia can boost its HBO Max subscribers. It will still give people around the world (where HBO Max is not available) the ability to watch it in theaters.

Recently, Warner Bros. moved Denis Villeneuve’s Dune to October 1st, 2021. A move many industry insiders saw coming when Warner Bros. first pushed Wonder Woman 1984 from its October 1st release date. It didn’t make sense for Dune and Wonder Woman 1984 to compete with each other at the box office.

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The announcement also comes just after theater chains Regal and Cineworld announced they would be shuttering all of their theaters essentially for the rest of 2020. Once MGM announced that No Time To Die, the latest James Bond movie, was going to move to 2021, there weren’t many movie options left that would get people into theaters during the holiday season. Disney delayed its anticipated Black Widow to 2021. Soul, the new film from Disney Pixar, also moved to Disney Plus. Now, Wonder Woman 1984 will compete with Disney and Pixar’s Soul — just not at the box office.

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