Wonder Woman 1984 broke all 2020 streaming records. Although released less than a week ago, the HBO film has surpassed the Disney + blockbusters Hamilton and Soul.
Wonder Woman 1984 is the biggest hit of 2020. The film was seen by half of HBO Max subscribers over Christmas. That day, the number of viewing hours tripled from a normal day. In theaters, Wonder Woman 1984 raised some $ 16.7 million in the first 3 days of its broadcast. It therefore has the best box office results since the start of the pandemic.
The film, whose theatrical programming has been repeatedly postponed due to the pandemic, finally had a double release in the United States: in theaters on the one hand, and in streaming on the other. According to statistics collected by the company Screen Engine, Wonder Woman 1984 streamed the first week more than any other movie of 2020. The blockbuster overtakes Soul and Hamilton, both airing on Disney +. Still according to Screen Engine, 23% of viewers signed up for an HBO Max subscription to watch the movie the weekend it was released. In addition, 19% of people who already subscribed to the streaming service now want to keep their subscription, although they were ready to cancel it before the film was broadcast.
HBO Max hits the mark with Wonder Woman 1984, but Disney + keeps up the momentum
But Disney + has not said its last word and continues to generate enthusiasm. Soul is not far behind according to data from Screen Engine. And if we refer to Bloomberg, Disney + ‘s app downloaded 2.3 million times on Christmas Day (at the release of Soul), against 554,000 for that of HBO Max.
Temporary closures of cinemas and restrictions put in place inside theaters are radically changing the situation. Cinematographic streaming now appears to be “the” solution and has taken hold in cottages. If users subscribed mainly to Netflix or Disney + to watch series, the arrival of blockbusters like Wonder Woman 1984 on streaming platforms gives a second wind to this type of service. To the detriment of dark rooms, probably.
In France, Wonder Woman 1984 has no release date, since the health situation prevents cinemas from opening their theaters to the public. As for HBO Max streaming, it should not be counted either since this service is not yet available in France. The film will be released in 2021, that’s for sure. It remains to be seen in what format.