After a successful drop of "Wonder Woman 1984" on streaming services and in select theaters, Warner Bros. has fast-tracked the development of a third and final Wonder Woman film.
"As fans around the world continued to embrace Diana Prince, driving the strong opening weekend performance of 'Wonder Woman 1984,' we are excited to be able to continue her story with our real life Wonder Women - Gal and Patty - who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy," Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich said.
Patty Jenkins will be back to write and direct the final Wonder Woman film while Gadot will return as the titular character.
Even though many viewers chose to watch "Wonder Woman 1984" using their HBO Max subscription services, ticket sales still packed a punch for the movie, raking in $16.7 million from 2,100 North American theaters.
This marks the best opening weekend to date amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Andy Forssell, executive vice president and general manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer said, "'Wonder Woman 1984' broke records and exceeded expectations across all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service, and the interest and momentum we're seeing indicates this will likely continue well beyond the weekend."
He continued, "During these very difficult times, it was nice to give families the option of enjoying this uplifting film at home, where theater viewing wasn't an option."
HBO Max has revealed that the film was viewed by "nearly half of the platform's retail subscribers viewing the film on the day of its arrival, along with millions of wholesale subscribers who have access to HBO Max via a cable, wireless, or other partner services."
While simultaneous theatrical and streaming release of films was set to be a temporary fix to the shuttered theaters across the country, WarnerMedia has announced that their entire 2021 slate of films will be released the same way - in theaters and on HBO Max.