The box office works in mysterious ways in the times of pandemic. Less than a week ago we reported that Wonder Woman 1984 bested Tenet on its opening weekend with a promising financial start ($16.7 million earned in the US). The second week turned out to be a devastating reality check for Warner Bros. and at ths point the company can only dream of breaking Tenet's result.
Anthony D'Alessandro's report on Deadline states that Wonder Woman 1984 earned only $5.5 million in American cinemas last weekend, which sets her total result at $28.5 million. TThis means earnings dropped by 67% during the first week, which does not give good redictns for the future (the current global revenue is about 118 million dollars). It's a big disappointment because in 2021 Patty Jenkins' movie still loses to the animation The Croods: A New Age($34.51 million of total revenue), although it has been in multiplexes for over a month now now.
One thing should be stressed - we don't know the studio's profits from streaming premiere of Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max, as such stats are not yet available. These probably compensate for the disappointment with the movie's cinematic debut, although this is not certain, because the last days were a real test of patience for HBO users due to the big technical problems of the company's platforms.
Internet users claim that the poor result of Wonder Woman's sequel in the second week may stem from conflicting opinions of critics and viewers (on Rotten Tomatoes, the rate of positive reviews dropped to 60%, when just a few days ago it was around 90%). They could effectively deter potential fans from going to nearby cinemas. The above financial results are of course also not 100% reliable, as we are still living during a pandemic, so the movie industry has to deal with a considerable crisis. However, there is no denying that in the light of all these negatives and flops, the 350 million dollars earned by Tenet look really impressive.