Wonder Woman 1984: Does HBO Max Premiere End Theatrical Releases as We Know Them?

A extremely marketed sequel to that movie was virtually definitely earmarked to have $1 billion world expectations. The pandemic clearly put such hopes to an finish, however the transfer to principally abandon theater exhibitors on a superhero film is unprecedented. And, notably, nowhere in Kilar’s assertion did he recommend this can be a one-off.

More main blockbusters will observe Wonder Woman’s instance, the one query is which. All eyes are clearly shifting to how Disney will deal with the discharge of their subsequent Marvel Studios effort, Black Widow. The movie has equally been delayed a number of occasions as a result of pandemic and is now slated to bow in May 2021. However, Disney CEO Bob Chapek mentioned simply final week that the studio was happy with Mulan’s Disney+ PVOD rollout. He went on so as to add, “We saw [enough] positive results to know that we had something in the premiere access strategy.”

It is affordable to invest that each WB and Disney are one of the best outfitted to transition to a mannequin that both fully skips theaters or makes use of a “day and date” theatrical/streaming launch for his or her blockbusters. With Disney+ turning into one of the widespread streaming providers in Western markets, and Warners’ HBO Max constructing off the already sturdy popularity (and HBO Now infrastructure) cultivated by premium cable community HBO, the 2 have stronger foundations in place to experiment like they’ve been with Mulan and now Wonder Woman 1984.

It’s additionally price noting, nevertheless, that HBO Max might want to drive up subscriptions extra aggressively, which is likely to be one purpose the streamer shouldn’t be including a premium to Wonder Woman like Disney did with Mulan.

Meanwhile Universal Pictures and Paramount are additionally coming into the streaming realm, with Universal’s Peacock just lately launching and Paramount getting ready to rebrand CBS All Access as one thing extra recognizable as a Paramount-wide service. However, neither has the subscription base of Disney and even HBO Max. One might speculate if placing the subsequent Fast and Furious on Peacock would possibly drive up subscriptions, however the service doesn’t appear fairly ubiquitous sufficient but to completely make up for the lack of worldwide income related to that franchise.

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