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Superhero film franchises are nervous of world without big-screen debuts

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ producer Charles Roven says theatrical model is the lifeblood of franchise films This Christmas weekend, millions of movie lovers tuned in to watch Wonder Woman fly across their televisions instead of on towering movie screens. While convenient for some and for others the only way to see the movie, the creators of the production describe streaming as a regrettable medium for superhero films. Star Gal Gadot, who plays the main character in “Wonder Woman 1984,” said in an interview the streaming experience for viewers is unlikely to…

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ suffers disastrous 67% plunge

Wonder Woman 1984 took a second-weekend dive closer to Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad than Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Maybe theaters and HBO Max can’t co-exist after all. Wonder Woman 1984 earned $5.5 million in domestic theaters this weekend, dropping a sharp (and almost unprecedented for a Christmas release, save for Justin Bieber’s Believe in 2013) 67% in its second Fri-Sun frame. That’s a drop closer to Man of Steel (-68%), Batman v Superman (-69%) and Suicide Squad (-67%) than the over/under 43% drops for Wonder Woman and Aquaman.…

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Why Coronavirus won’t kill the cinema industry

Theaters have faced a rough year with the coronavirus pandemic, but the financial upsides they offer filmmakers should help secure their future. Since Netflix released its first film, “Beasts of No Nation,” five years ago, the rise of streaming services has transformed the distribution of feature films to audiences around the globe. In 2020, Covid-19 took a sledgehammer to the theatrical market, and chaos ensued. With Warner Bros. breaking a longstanding precedent, thanks to its recent decision to release its entire 2021 slate simultaneously in movie theaters and on HBO Max,…

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