Wonder Woman sequel falters at international box office

The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman has failed to get box office tills ringing, making just 38.5 million dollars in the 39 countries where it opened the week before Christmas.

Around half that tally came from China, where Wonder Woman 1984 made just 18.8 million dollars in its opening weekend. That sum was less than half the amount its predecessor made in China when it opened three years ago.

The sequel’s takings were inevitably affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut cinemas in many places.

In the UK, for example, only around a quarter of cinemas were open and in a position to screen it to their customers.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 sees Gal Gadot reprise her role as the formidable DC Comics superhero. Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig also appear in the film, which currently has an 85% “fresh” rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site.

The original Wonder Woman made more than 822 million dollars.

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