Warner Bros. released Tenet earlier this month to moderate success due to audiences’ hesitation to return to cinemas during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and many cinemas remaining closed. Rumors were circulating that the studio would postpone the Wonder Woman sequel again in order to give Tenet a higher chance to succeed at the box office.
Today, Warner Bros. confirmed that they are postponing Wonder Woman 1984 to a later date in 2020, instead of premiering on October 2. However, this change comes as little surprise for the film that was once scheduled for a 2019 premiere and that has been pushed back several times.
Tenet grossed $20.2 million over Labor Day Weekend, which would typically be considered a mediocre opening for a high-budget action film, especially one directed by Christopher Nolan. While studios are measuring the result of Tenet’s premiere as promising, Warner Bros. is apparently unwilling to take additional sales away from the spy thriller that cost $200 million to produce. Theaters in cities where Nolan’s films have performed well in the past (Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco) are still closed, which sources cite as an additional reason for the mediocre earnings.
Now that Wonder Woman 1984 has officially been pushed back, Tenet faces little theatrical competition in the upcoming weeks. The next major release is expected to be Black Widow on November 6, but that date may change depending on Mulan’s Disney+ premiere success and how well Tenet performs over the next few weeks.
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UPDATE: Wonder Woman 1984 will now premiere on December 25, 2020.