‘Wonder Woman 1984’ sees HBO Max Glitches, but watches Pandemic’s best box office – Deadline

Warner Bros. reports no official box office results for Wonder Woman 1984 when it opened on Christmas Day – which various sources said was worthy of a pandemic record in the United States, disastrous by normal market conditions – but various HBO Max users are turning to social media, in particular the Twitter account @HBOMaxHelp, to express their complaints. either streaming problems or problems connecting to the application.

There haven’t been any power outages for HBO Max yet due to the DC sequel that hit service at 12 p.m. EST yesterday. But if they do happen, it’s normal every time a popular title hits the stream (i.e. Netflix’s two-hour blackout in 2016 when the Marvel series Luke Cage fall).

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A representative from HBO Max told us this morning, “HBO Max has not experienced significant disruption.”

A viewer today on Twitter @HBOMaxHelp reported issues watching the Patty Jenkins-led feature on a new Roku. This is a service with which HBO Max recently made an agreement to annex the 46 million subscribers of this device. Roku was a major detractor of streaming devices for HBO Max, the service capable of making deals with a number of pay-TV providers, gaming platforms, smart TVs, and major hubs. like Apple and Google earlier this year.

same New York Times Movie critic Manohla Dargis (see below) has issues with Roku, but has found a workaround. For the record, I’ll say that when I first downloaded the HBO Max app when it launched in May, it wasn’t a simple download to the phone and easy typing of my email address. and my cable system password. The app didn’t recognize it, and Spectrum customer service had no idea what HBO Max was and how to make it work.

I was finally able to activate HBO Max on my cell phone and AppleTV by creating a new username and password under my Spectrum account. Again, these are all issues HBO Max needs to iron out if they really want to play a role in the streaming business. They might want to think again before throwing a slew of $ 200 million 2021 branded theater tents on their service.

Yesterday others reported pure crash issues (see below), while other complaints were about the film not showing in 4K, confusion as to why it is not on Amazon Prime. , Hulu, or available overseas (it’s just not, it’s not part of the deal). @HBOMaxHelp, who only has 3.3K followers on Twitter, is actively dealing with these direct complaints left and right, trying to resolve them through direct messaging. The problems with HBO Max, I’m told, stemmed from users not restarting or updating apps on their device. Still, in the tech-friendly world created by the late Steve Jobs, it shouldn’t be that hard to download an app and watch it. Wonder Woman 1984 at home.

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Rival distributors continue to express their anger at Warner Bros. and Sony hiding numbers in the Comscore box office collection system (whereby distributors can dive into various markets and see how ticket sales are competitive). This outage began when Warners released Principle as theaters reopened during the pandemic. Why is this something upset? Because it’s all about accountability and a second data source that backs up a studio’s box office claim. How do we know Sony was # 1 last weekend with Monster hunter at $ 2.2 million and not Universal Croods: a new age at $ 2.07 million? Just because Sony said so?

I am told that Wonder Woman 1984 is set to post the best 3 days of the pandemic, likely making gains in teenagers and surpassing the 3 days of Principle ($ 9.3M) and Croods 2 ($ 9.7M). The number of theaters is around 2,150. Again, for DC fans where the movie theaters are open, it just seems easier to go to the movies. Again, 60% of the 5.8K domestic market is closed. The first one Wonder woman opened for $ 103.2 million during the first weekend in June 2017 in 4,165 establishments.

Wonder Woman 1984 saw its Rotten Tomatoes certification rating stripped down to a current rating of 68% fresh, down from 89% on December 16 and 80% on December 22, as opposed to the 93% certified fresh in the 2017 edition. In a report PostTrak Comscore / Screen Engine, WW1984 received a positive exit score of 82% and a recommendation of 65%. Children under 12 liked it 91% positive. Pic leaned 52% female, 56% over 25 and 32% over 35. The diversity distribution was 41% Caucasian, 25% Hispanic, 22% African American, and 12% Asian / Other. Keep in mind that with these outings we have a fractured exhibition market, where several DMAs like Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York are closed.

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In second place, the western Tom Hanks from Universal World news with a Christmas Friday of $ 1.05 million and a planned opening weekend of $ 3M in 1,900 theaters. United Croods 2 of DreamWorks Animation is third with $ 550K yesterday and a 5th weekend of $ 2.07M at 1,726 (-180), even with last weekend for a total of $ 30.7M. Sony / Screen Gems’ Monster hunter is expected to come in fourth, with around $ 1 million for the 3 days, -54%. Focus Features’ new entry, the thriller Carey Mulligan, Promising young woman, made $ 270K yesterday, en route to a $ 660K open at 1310. Lionsgate Fatal at 1168 is expected to gross around $ 600,000 in its second weekend at 1168, rising to $ 1.9 million, while Roadside Attractions’ Pinocchio at 794 is estimated to be around $ 300,000.

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