Gal Gadot stars as Surprise Girl in “Surprise Girl 1984.”
“Surprise Girl 1984” soared into theaters on Christmas day and secured the best field workplace opening of any movie launched domestically for the reason that coronavirus pandemic crippled the leisure business in mid-March.
On Sunday, Warner Bros. revealed that the movie tallied $16.7 million within the U.S. and Canada. “Surprise Girl 1984” was one of many first main Hollywood blockbusters to be launched in theaters and on streaming on the identical day.
The simultaneous launch was meant to accommodate for a restricted variety of open film theaters, restricted seating capability and a common public that continues to be scared of returning to cinemas.
Warner Bros.-parent AT&T mentioned Sunday that just about half of its HBO Max subscribers considered “Surprise Girl 1984” on Christmas day. As of early December, the streaming service had round 12.6 million prospects.
“Surprise Girl 1984 broke information and exceeded our expectations throughout all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service, and the curiosity and momentum we’re seeing signifies it will seemingly proceed nicely past the weekend,” mentioned Andy Forssell, govt vice chairman and common supervisor, of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer division. “Throughout these very tough occasions, it was good to offer households the choice of having fun with this uplifting movie at dwelling, the place theater viewing wasn’t an choice.”
The theatrical success of the movie has led the studio to fast-track a 3rd installment within the Surprise Girl franchise, the corporate mentioned. It will likely be written and directed by Patty Jenkins, who helmed the earlier two movies and, final week, made it clear that she wouldn’t return to the franchise if there was not a theatrical mannequin made potential for the movie.
Heading into the weekend, analysts had been not sure if the movie may high the practically $10 million that “The Croods: A New Age” secured throughout its opening weekend throughout Thanksgiving. There have been considerations that viewership on HBO Max would considerably cannibalize ticket gross sales.
Nonetheless, even with a hefty field workplace haul, there’s concern from followers and critics about Warner Bros.’ DC Prolonged Universe.
Per week earlier than debuting within the U.S., “Surprise Girl 1984” held an 88% “Contemporary” score on evaluation website Rotten Tomatoes from 92 evaluations. As of Sunday afternoon, that rating has dropped right down to 65% from 285 evaluations.
Whereas the movie’s star, Gal Gadot, was broadly praised, the movie itself was lambasted for its weak story, plot inconsistencies and low-quality CGI.
For comparability, the primary “Surprise Girl” movie, launched in 2017, earned a 93% rating, the best of any movie within the DC Prolonged Universe. Non-public watch events and enormous format screens like IMAX and Dolby had been the preferred avenue for moviegoers to see the most recent movie over the vacation weekend, the corporate mentioned.