‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ earned $48 million at the US box office over the weekend, the best opening during the pandemic

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“Godzilla vs. Kong”

  • “Godzilla vs. Kong” earned $48.5 million in its five-day opening weekend at the US box office.
  • It’s the best opening yet for a movie at the domestic box office during the year-long pandemic.
  • It signals hope for movie theaters, though the industry still has a long road to recovery.
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“Godzilla vs. Kong” beat the odds over the weekend at the box office.

The new monster movie from Warner Bros. earned $48.5 million at the US box office in its first five days (it opened in theaters on Wednesday), and $32.2 million over the three-day Easter weekend from 3,064 theaters.

It’s the best domestic opening yet for a movie during the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated the theatrical industry over the past year. The movie grossed $121 million during its international opening last month, which was also a pandemic-best. Its global total is now $285 million.

The movie’s predecessor, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” earned $47.8 million domestically over its first three-day weekend in 2019. It went on to earn $110.5 million domestically and $386 million worldwide.

It’s more impressive considering that “Godzilla vs. Kong” debuted on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max for no additional fee to subscribers on the same day it hit theaters in the US, as are all of Warner Bros.’ movies this year.

Theaters across the country are also operating at limited capacity, including in New York City, one of the biggest theatrical markets in the US that finally opened last month after a year of being shut down.

While the numbers would normally be underwhelming for a blockbuster that cost $200 million to produce, “Godzilla vs. Kong’s” strong start signals hope for movie theaters – though they still have a long road to full recovery.

The last pandemic-best domestic opening was Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman 1984” in December with $16.7 million. The movie also debuted on HBO Max simultaneously with theaters. While it would ultimately slow at the box office with a $45 million domestic total (and $165 million worldwide), data showed that it boosted HBO Max signups.

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  • HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s on-demand streaming service, costs $15 a month.
  • It’s the same price as HBO’s cable network, but includes a bigger library of movies and shows.
  • Warner Bros. will also debut all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day they launch in theaters.

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HBO Max is a streaming service that blends HBO’s library of prestige original series with a huge catalog of blockbuster movies and TV shows provided by WarnerMedia. HBO Max launched in May 2020 for $15 a month.

Most people who subscribe to HBO through cable can claim their own free HBO Max subscription using their provider. In January, parent company AT&T said the service had already reached 40 million subscribers in the US, surpassing a goal it didn’t expect to reach for two more years.

HBO Max features way more content than HBO’s cable offerings, including brand-new theatrical releases from Warner Bros. Older titles and network shows, like “Friends” and “Rick and Morty,” are also available. Subscribers can watch new exclusive movies and series as well, including the sci-fi show “Raised by Wolves.”

With its large collection of programs, and a growing slate of original titles, HBO Max is one of our best reviewed streaming services.

Where can I sign up for HBO Max?

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HBO Max launched on May 27, 2020.

You can sign up for HBO Max right now through HBOMax.com. In addition to the HBO Max website, you can also sign up for an HBO Max subscription directly through select partner services, including AT&T, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, Spectrum, Hulu, YouTube TV, Apple TV, and Google Play.

If you currently pay for HBO in your cable package, you likely already have access to HBO Max as part of your subscription. Depending on your provider, you may be able to sign directly into the HBO Max app, or you’ll be prompted to create an account. You can view a full list of qualifying HBO Max providers here.

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How much does HBO Max cost?

HBO Max costs $15 a month, the same price as regular HBO and three dollars less than a premium Netflix subscription. For that price, you get ad-free access to all of the platform’s content.

As mentioned above, most people who already subscribe to HBO are eligible to receive HBO Max at no extra cost to their current subscription fee.

Though HBO Max initially offered a free trial period through its site, that promotion is no longer available. If you sign up for HBO Max as an add-on through Hulu, however, new members can still receive a one-week trial.

The differences between HBO Max, HBO Go, and HBO Now

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HBO Max is an on-demand streaming platform combining HBO’s iconic original programming with an even larger library of movies and shows from WarnerMedia. The service is essentially a replacement for HBO’s older streaming options: HBO Go and HBO Now.

HBO Go was a streaming companion app for HBO cable subscribers, while HBO Now was a standalone streaming option with access to HBO without cable. On July 31, HBO discontinued the HBO Go app. On that same day, HBO rebranded HBO Now to just “HBO.”

Most people who were using the HBO Go or HBO Now app can now simply use their same account information to sign into HBO Max instead. You can see if your HBO subscription qualifies for HBO Max here.

HBO (formerly HBO Now) will continue to include streaming access to the same library of content that HBO cable subscribers can watch. This includes HBO original programming and the channel’s rotating selection of movies.

HBO Max, however, builds upon this content selection by incorporating more original titles and hundreds of additional TV shows and movies from WarnerMedia. HBO Max also allows you to download and store your favorite shows on your devices to watch while you’re offline.

For the time being, HBO and HBO Max each cost $15 a month. Since HBO Max offers a larger streaming library than HBO, it’s clearly the better choice.

Where can I watch HBO Max?

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HBO Max can be streamed via its official website and the HBO Max app. You can find the app on Apple, Android, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Samsung smart TVs.

Those who sign up for HBO Max directly though a partnered service, like Hulu or Apple TV, will be able to access regular HBO content through the partner service’s app. To watch HBO Max exclusives, however, you still need to use the separate HBO Max app.

Is HBO Max on Roku and Fire TV?

Though HBO Max was initially missing from Fire TV, Roku, and PlayStation devices when it launched in May 2020, the service is now available to download on all of those platforms.

Currently, LG’s smart TVs are the only major connected-devices that are missing native support for the HBO Max app.

What shows and movies are on HBO Max?

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HBO Max features all of HBO’s original shows, from “The Wire” and “The Sopranos” to “Westworld and “Game of Thrones.” The library also includes the cable channel’s rotating lineup of movies. On top of all that, HBO Max offers additional titles from WarnerMedia’s catalog, as well as new exclusives.

Most notably, HBO Max has become the streaming destination for brand-new movies from Warner Bros. the same day they’re released in theaters. “Godzilla vs. Kong” is the latest movie to premiere on HBO Max and theaters at the same time. New films will remain on HBO Max for 31 days. After that time, they will play exclusively in theaters until their official home video release.

HBO Max also features a handful of new original series, including the sci-fi show “Raised by Wolves,” the comedy series “Love Life” starring Anna Kendrick, and a new “Looney Tunes” show featuring Bugs Bunny and company.

Beyond original programs, the HBO Max catalog offers a wide range of TV series from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. The HBO Max movie catalog incorporates critically acclaimed films from the Criterion Collection and Studio Ghibli, alongside hundreds of blockbuster WarnerMedia movies. The service currently hosts 1,300 films.

For additional streaming coverage, be sure to read our guides for the best streaming services and the best streaming sticks and devices.

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How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ – the epic showdown is now playing on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong premiered on March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • This is the fourth entry in the “MonsterVerse” franchise featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
  • The movie will be available to stream on HBO Max ($15/month) through April 30.

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King Kong and Godzilla have both seen their fair share of epic battles on the big screen. And while it won’t be the first time the two have fought, their 2021 clash in “Godzilla vs. Kong” promises to be the biggest yet.

The movie hit theaters and HBO Max on March 31. HBO Max subscriptions cost $15 a month. The film will only be available to stream through April 30.

Godzilla vs. Kong” showcases the two monsters in battle with action-packed visuals far beyond those found in their first big-screen matchup in 1963. The film, according to HBO Max, depicts the giant ape looking to “find his true home.” Meanwhile, Godzilla is on a rampage and his anger leads to a battle between the two legendary titans. “Godzilla vs. Kong” stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kaylee Hottle.

The movie is the latest in a string of Warner Bros. films releasing on HBO Max on the same day they debut in theaters. If you want to check out these two classic movie giants as they wage war against each other, here’s how you can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” at home before it’s gone.

How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ on HBO Max

Godzilla vs. Kong” premiered in US theaters and on HBO Max on March 31. To watch the film at home, you’ll need an HBO Max subscription for $15 a month.

The movie is the latest Warner Bros. film to be released on HBO Max at the same time it hits theaters. The film is only available on the streaming service for 31 days. This means that “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be removed from HBO Max on May 1. It’s possible the film could be added back in the future but no date has been announced.

Though HBO Max no longer offers a free trial through its website, Hulu subscribers can get a seven-day trial of HBO Max by signing up for Hulu’s HBO Max add-on. However, the trial won’t work if you’ve signed up for HBO before.

You can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” on HBO Max through several media devices including Amazon Fire TV, Android products, iOS devices, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Samsung smart TVs, and Roku.

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If you’d prefer to catch “Godzilla vs. Kong” on the big screen, the movie will play at a number of Regal cinema locations starting April 2 as part of Cineworld’s reopening plan. Other regions outside of the US are already screening the movie exclusively in theaters.

Can I watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ in 4K and HDR?

“Godzilla vs. Kong” supports 4K Ultra HD and HDR on HBO Max. In fact, all of Warner’s in-theater movie premieres on HBO Max are set to support 4K and HDR, according to an announcement from WarnerMedia in December 2020.

In addition to standard HDR10 support, the film also supports the advanced Dolby Vision HDR format and the Dolby Atmos audio format.

Before you start the movie, you should check to see if your device is compatible with advanced video or audio formats. Here’s a rundown of which devices support 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos playback through HBO Max.

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How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ when the epic showdown debuts on HBO Max and in theaters on March 31

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong premieres on March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • This is the fourth movie in the ‘MonsterVerse’ franchise featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
  • You can watch the movie for a limited time on HBO Max ($15/month) from March 31 through April 30.

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King Kong and Godzilla have both seen their fair share of epic battles on the big screen. And while it won’t be the first time the two have fought, their 2021 clash in “Godzilla vs. Kong” promises to be the biggest yet.

The movie will hit theaters and HBO Max on March 31. HBO Max subscriptions cost $15 a month.

Godzilla vs. Kong” will showcase the two monsters in battle with action-packed visuals far beyond those found in their first big-screen matchup in 1963. The film, according to HBO Max, will see the giant ape looking to “find his true home.” Meanwhile, Godzilla is on a rampage and his anger leads to a battle between the two legendary titans. “Godzilla vs. Kong” stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kaylee Hottle.

The movie is the latest in a string of Warner Bros. films releasing on HBO Max on the same day they debut in theaters. If you want to check out these two classic movie giants as they wage war against each other, here’s how you can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” starting March 31.

How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ on HBO Max

Godzilla vs. Kong” will premiere in US theaters and on HBO Max on March 31. To watch the film at home, you’ll need an HBO Max subscription for $15 a month.

The movie is the latest Warner Bros. film set for release on HBO Max at the same time it hits theaters. The film will only be available on the streaming service for 31 days. This means that “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be removed from HBO Max on May 1. It’s possible the film could be added back in the future but no date has been announced.

You can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” on HBO Max through several media devices including Amazon Fire TV, Android products, iOS devices, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Samsung smart TVs, and Roku.

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If you’d prefer to catch “Godzilla vs. Kong” on the big screen, the movie will play at a number of Regal cinema locations starting April 2 as part of Cineworld’s reopening plan. Other regions outside of the US are already screening the movie exclusively in theaters.

Can I watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ in 4K and HDR?

“Godzilla vs. Kong” will support 4K Ultra HD and HDR when it debuts on HBO Max. In fact, all of Warner’s in-theater movie premieres on HBO Max are set to support 4K and HDR, according to an announcement from WarnerMedia in December 2020.

In addition to standard HDR10 support, the movie will also support the advanced Dolby Vision HDR format and the Dolby Atmos audio format.

Before you start the movie, you should check to see if your device is compatible with advanced video or audio formats. Here’s a rundown of which devices support 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos playback through HBO Max.

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How a small social app played an essential role in making ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ a reality

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Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Zack Snyder on the set of “Justice League.”

  • “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” debuts on HBO Max on Thursday.
  • The social app Vero was Snyder’s platform of choice to connect with fans leading up to the movie.
  • Vero’s CEO explained how the app played an essential role in making the “Snyder Cut” a reality.
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When Ayman Hariri walked onto the set of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2015, he had no idea what the experience would mean for the next six years of his life.

Hariri is the founder and CEO of the social platform Vero, which played an essential role in making “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” a reality. The movie, which debuts on HBO Max on Thursday, was born out of calls from Snyder’s devoted fans to see his version on screen after the theatrical cut of “Justice League” disappointed financially and critically in 2017. Vero was Snyder’s go-to platform to connect with those fans.

But when Hariri won a role as an extra in Snyder’s “Batman v Superman” in 2015 through a charity auction, Vero hadn’t launched yet (it would launch later that year).

After meeting Snyder, though, Hariri gave him a peek at the app and the two quickly formed a close friendship (a representative for Snyder confirmed this account). After Vero launched, Zack became one of its biggest users, and his passionate fanbase followed him.

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“Zack Snyder’s Justice League”

Snyder exited “Justice League” late into production after his daughter Autumn died by suicide in March 2017. Joss Whedon was brought in for significant reshoots, which fans say altered Snyder’s original vision. Fans’ appetite for the “Snyder Cut” intensified as Snyder regularly teased behind-the-scenes images and concept art on Vero, and the “Release the Snyder Cut” movement was born.

For instance, in October 2019, Snyder confirmed on Vero that his initial plan for actor Harry Lennix’s character was for him to become the superhero Martian Manhunter. That December, he fanned the flames even more by posting an image on Vero that said “Is it real? Does it exist? Of course it does” referring to his cut of “Justice League.”

“I choose to be on Vero because it allows me an honest and real interaction with my fans,” Snyder told Insider through a representative.

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Ayman Hariri.

Users can choose to publish individual posts to Vero publicly, in which all of a person’s followers can see that content. They can also label connections as close friends, who can see everything, or friends and acquaintances, who see less. Hariri said that Vero also has a chronological feed rather than one based on an algorithm, which he said attracted Snyder.

Hariri said that Vero has over 5 million users. It’s a small platform compared to social giants like Facebook and Twitter. But Hariri pushed back on the notion that it’s a “niche” platform. He said it’s not being built as a niche app, but “with niches in mind.”

“I’d love to have more creators, whether filmmakers or other, come on Vero,” Hariri said. “It’s a part of how we think and the strategy of the company.”

But even if Vero caters to creators, couldn’t Snyder have just brought his audience to another platform and reached more people?

“I think there is a lot of noise on a lot of different platforms,” Hariri said. “Those would present challenges for somebody wanting to create a certain momentum … All I know is that Zack and [his wife and producing partner] Deborah both believe that Vero played a role in getting [‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’] made.”

A representative for Snyder confirmed to Insider that the filmmaker regards Vero as being essential in getting “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” off the ground.

Restoring the SnyderVerse? Not so fast

As the “Release the Snyder Cut” movement gained momentum online, “Justice League” stars began joining calls for Snyder’s movie to see the light of day.

Aquaman actor Jason Momoa was the most vocal, saying in August 2019 that he had seen the cut and that it was “sick.”

Warner Bros., the studio behind “Justice League,” repeatedly denied the movie’s existence or that a cut would be released. But in May 2020, Snyder announced after a “Man of Steel” watch party on Vero that his cut of the film would debut in 2021.

Now the four-hour movie, which Snyder assembled from footage he shot before departing the project, will premiere on HBO Max on Thursday.

“It’s very exciting to see him achieve his vision, especially after what he and his family have gone through,” Hariri said.

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Ben Affleck as Batman in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”

Hariri said he hasn’t seen the movie yet and is waiting to watch it with his kids. In the meantime, Vero is celebrating the movie’s release with a cosplay contest judged by Snyder and “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” costume designer Michael Wilkinson that runs through April 22.

But even with the release of the movie, fans are still clamoring for more.

The “#RestoretheSnyderVerse” hashtag has made the rounds on social media, referring to Snyder’s original vision that his “Justice League” be a two-part movie and lay the groundwork for the rest of the “DC Extended Universe.” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” even ends on a cliffhanger.

But Warner Bros. and parent company WarnerMedia have moved in a different direction with its DC movie franchise, and Snyder has expressed in interviews that he won’t be involved in anymore DC movies.

“They [WarnerMedia] are 100% moving away,” Snyder told The New York Times. “They consider the theatrical cut of ‘Justice League’ as canon. That’s their decision. I wish them all the best, and I hope the whole thing is a giant blockbuster on top of blockbuster on top of blockbuster.”

Hariri isn’t sure what Vero’s involvement in any sort of continued movement would be. But as a fan, he wants to see more.

“Zack would be in charge of how he wants to move forward, but as a fan, I hope he continues because he has a vision and I’d love to see that vision continue,” Hariri said.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ had a huge first weekend on HBO Max, according to Nielsen data

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“Wonder Woman 1984.”

  • “Wonder Woman 1984” was watched for 2.25 billion minutes in its first weekend on Disney Plus, according to Nielsen.
  • It topped other streaming titles that week, including Disney Plus’ “Soul.”
  • It’s good news for Max, as Warner Bros. plans to release all of its movies in theaters and on Max simultaneously this year.
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“Wonder Woman 1984” had an impressive debut weekend on HBO Max, according to viewership data released on Friday by the research company Nielsen.

Warner Bros.’ superhero sequel debuted simultaneously in theaters and on Max on December 25. Viewers in the US  spent 2.25 billion minutes watching it that weekend, topping other streaming titles on platforms that Nielsen measures (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, and Hulu). Max isn’t available internationally and Nielsen only measures US viewership.

READ MORE: Data suggests ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is giving HBO Max a huge boost as the movie struggles at the box office

It’s an impressive accomplishment considering Nielsen measures minutes watched, which gives long-running TV shows like “The Office” an advantage (the series was watched for 1.4 billion minutes the week of December 21 to December 27).

“Wonder Woman 1984” also topped Disney Plus’ Pixar movie “Soul,” which debuted the same day and was watched for 1.67 billion minutes that weekend.

“Wonder Woman 1984” is about 45 minutes longer than “Soul,” but Disney Plus has almost double the subscribers as Max does in the US. Disney Plus has 87 million subscribers worldwide and Rich Greenfield, an analyst with research firm Lightshed Partners, estimates 33 million of those are in the US.

Max now has 17 million activations, up from 12 million in early December, suggesting “Wonder Woman 1984” gave it a much-needed boost. 

It’s good news for Max, as Warner Bros. plans to release all of its 2021 movies in theaters and on Max simultaneously, as it did with “Wonder Woman 1984,” amid the pandemic. The movies will stream for 31 days before leaving Max for an exclusive theatrical run.

“Wonder Woman 1984” isn’t faring as well at the box office, though. The movie has $148 million globally and $37 million in the US. It cost $200 million to produce.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ stalled at the China box office with a 92% decline from last week

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in “Wonder Woman 1984.”

  • “Wonder Woman 1984” earned $1.5 million at the China box office over the weekend, a 92% decline from its debut in the region. 
  • The Hong Kong action movie “Shock Wave 2” earned $64.5 million in China and the Chinese fantasy movie “Dream of Eternity” grossed $39 million over the weekend.
  • “Wonder Woman 1984” scored a lackluster 7.8 on the Chinese ticketing app Maoyan and a 6.5 from the Chinese social network Douban, suggesting audiences weren’t enthused about the movie. 
  • It fared better in the US over the weekend with $16.7 million, the best opening of the pandemic.
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“Wonder Woman 1984” took a nosedive at the China box office in its second weekend in theaters in the region.

The superhero sequel earned just $1.5 million over the weekend, according to Artisan Gateway, a Chinese film consulting firm. It’s a 92% decline from its debut weekend in China when it earned a disappointing $18 million.

It has grossed $85 million globally so far.

The movie’s debut weekend was a slow one across the board for China, whose theatrical industry has otherwise started to rebound after being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic (the Chinese box office has even surpassed North America as the world’s biggest this year). The Chinese movie “The Rescue” also fell below projections with $36 million last weekend.

But this weekend was different, as the Hong Kong action movie “Shock Wave 2” earned $64.5 million in China and the Chinese fantasy movie “Dream of Eternity” grossed $39 million. Yet “Wonder Woman 1984” continued to flounder in the region.

READ MORE: DC wants to make 2 superhero movies a year that would be exclusive to HBO Max

“Wonder Woman 1984” fared better in its debut in US theaters over the weekend. It made $16.7 million, the best opening since the pandemic began, but a sign that US movie theaters are far from a full recovery. 2017’s “Wonder Woman” earned $103 million in its opening weekend in the US. It ultimately grossed $822 million worldwide, $90.5 million of which came from China.

“Wonder Woman 1984” debuted simultaneously on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max in the US over the weekend (it’s not available internationally yet). WarnerMedia said on Sunday that nearly half of its retail subscribers (those who subscribe directly to Max rather than through a cable provider) watched the movie on its first day on Friday, but didn’t provide specific viewership numbers. Max had 12.6 million activations as of December 8.

Industry experts previously said that piracy could be an issue once the movie had become available to stream.

“A pristine, high-definition copy of the movie will be available in everyone’s queues within days,” Shawn Robbins, the Box Office Pro chief analyst, told Business Insider last week. 

But a lack of enthusiasm for “Wonder Woman 1984” may have contributed to its dramatic decline at the China box office. It scored a 7.8 on the Chinese ticketing app Maoyan and a 6.5 from the Chinese social network Douban, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie has generally been favored less than its predecessor, “Wonder Woman,” among audiences and critics.

It has a 65% Rotten Tomatoes critic score and a 73% audience score based on over 1,700 user ratings (“Wonder Woman” has a 93% critic score and 84% audience score). The sequel received a B+ on Cinemascore, which surveys audiences on a movie’s opening night (the first movie received an A).

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is now streaming on HBO Max – here’s how to watch the movie at home while it’s still playing in theaters

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“Wonder Woman 1984” is Gal Gadot’s fourth film as the titular character.

  • “Wonder Woman 1984” premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25, Christmas Day.
  • The blockbuster sequel is the first in a series of Warner Bros. movies that will debut on HBO Max and theaters at the same time.
  • HBO Max subscribers don’t have to pay extra to stream “Wonder Woman 1984,” but the movie is only available for one month.
  • The HBO Max streaming app costs $15 per month, though it’s usually included if you already pay for HBO through your cable provider.

“Wonder Woman 1984” premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25. The movie is the first in a series of Warner Bros. films that will be available for streaming the same day they hit the big screen.

Director Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine return for the sequel to 2017’s “”Wonder Woman.” The action picks up 40 years after the conclusion of the last film. Kristen Wiig plays Cheetah, a villain who can match Wonder Woman’s superhuman abilities, and “The Mandalorian” star Pedro Pascal plays nefarious businessman Maxwell Lord.

“Wonder Woman 1984” will be available on HBO Max for just one month starting December 25. It’s possible the movie will return to the service at a later date once it finishes playing in theaters. Viewers outside the US will be able to see “Wonder Woman 1984” in theaters starting December 16, with dates staggered through January based on region.

Updated on 12/25/2020 by Steven Cohen. The language in this article has been revised for timeliness. Added details about which devices you can watch “Wonder Woman 1984” on in 4K HDR.  

How to watch ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on HBO Max

“Wonder Woman 1984” is now streaming on HBO Max. The movie premiered on December 25. Streaming access to the film is included with an HBO Max subscription and doesn’t require any extra fees. “Wonder Woman 1984” will remain on HBO Max for 31 days. The movie will then be removed from the HBO Max library, but it’s possible that it could be added back in the future. 

The HBO Max service is priced at $15 per month, and new members can currently receive over 20% off if they prepay for six months. You can sign up directly through the HBO Max website, with your cable subscriber, or through select streaming services, like Hulu. If you already pay for HBO through your cable provider, you should be able to access HBO Max for no extra cost, with some restrictions. 

The HBO Max app is available on Apple devices, Android, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Xbox, PlayStation and Samsung smart TVs. Deals bringing the HBO Max app to Roku and Fire TV were announced just weeks before the release of “Wonder Woman 1984,” ending months of tense negotiations between AT&T, Amazon, and Roku. 

Does ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ support 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos?

“Wonder Woman 1984” is the first movie on HBO Max to stream in 4K with support for high dynamic range (HDR). The film is available in HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos on supported devices, matching the maximum quality typically seen on Netflix and Disney Plus.

Here’s a rundown of streaming devices with support for 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos through HBO Max:

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube
  • Apple TV 4K
  • Roku Ultra 4800x
  • Roku 4K TVs
  • Roku Premiere (Dolby Atmos not supported)
  • Roku Streaming Stick+ (Dolby Atmos not supported)
  • Google Chromecast Ultra
  • Chromecast with Google TV (Dolby Atmos not supported)
  • Android TVs
  • AT&T Streaming Box
  • Xfinity X1 (Xi6) and Flex

What other Warner Bros. movies are coming to HBO Max?

The next scheduled Warner Bros. release on HBO Max is “The Little Things” starring Denzel Washington and Rami Malek, which is due out on January 29, 2021. Other major releases set to arrive on the streaming service throughout 2021 include “Dune,” “The Matrix 4,” “The Suicide Squad,” “The Conjuring 3,” and more.

You can see a full list of upcoming Warner Bros. movies scheduled for day-and-date releases in theaters and on HBO Max here.

Hopefully HBO Max will be able to maintain the level of technical quality it’s setting with “Wonder Woman 1984” as more theatrical releases launch in 2021. HBO Max representatives said 4K support will arrive for more films and TV shows in 2021, but it’s unclear which will be prioritized.

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Media faces upheaval – and deal opportunity

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where I break down the big media and advertising stories.

It’s also our last newsletter until Dec. 30. But you can always sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox daily.

This week: Media deals heat up, tensions at Roku, and big tech privacy battles.

Ben Lerer
Ben Lerer

What’s next for media M&A 

The pandemic and rise of streaming video have wreaked havoc on the media and ad industries – and also paved the way for a lot of deal-making:


FILE PHOTO A video sign displays the logo for Roku Inc, a Fox-backed video streaming firm, in Times Square after the company's IPO at the Nasdaq Market in New York, U.S., September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
FILE PHOTO A video sign displays the logo for Roku Inc, a Fox-backed video streaming firm, in Times Square after the company’s IPO at the Nasdaq Market in New York

Tensions at Roku

It’s been a transformative year for Roku, which has gone a small-but-mighty maker of streaming boxes to aggressively growing a TV platform business.

But as Ashley Rodriguez writes, its shift from a pure-tech player to an ad-driven business has come at a price.

Roku’s move into advertising has led to public spats with streamers like NBCUniversal’s Peacock and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, riled some publishers, and irked some of its tech-side employees.

Read the details here: Roku insiders detail how it beat out Amazon and Google to dominate streaming TV and expand its ad business, but created new challenges and rankled some partners


Sundar Pichai
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai

Google, Facebook, privacy battles 

The tech giants’ jockeying to position themselves as the most pro-privacy is resulting in some very public spats.

  • Google has come under scrutiny for dominating in digital advertising, search, and how the web itself looks, Shona Ghosh reported. Critics’ central complaint has to do with Google’s features that potentially threatens people’s personal information.
  • Facebook for its part is battling Apple over its anti-ad tracking plans, saying they’ll harm small businesses as well as its own ad revenue. (Facebook meanwhile is expanding tools to protect high-profile users’ accounts)

One short-term beneficiary of all this: The publishers getting ad dollars from Facebook’s lobbying effort.


Other stories we’re reading:

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