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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Stays Atop Domestic Box Office
«Wonder Woman 1984» led domestic box office charts for the third straight weekend without much in the way of competition. The superhero sequel nabbed $3 million between Friday and Sunday, bringing its total in the U.S. and Canada to $32.6 million. Overseas, the film grabbed $4.7 million for an international tally of $98.8 million. With $131 million in global box office receipts, the «Wonder Woman» sequel has outperformed most fellow pandemic-era releases. Yet that doesn’t make up for the film’s mighty $200 million production budget, which is to say the latest outing for Gal Gadot’s DC hero will almost certainly lose money for the studio. Nonetheless, Warner Bros. has already greenlit a third installment with Gadot and director Patty Jeninks on board. The comic book adaptation was released simultaneously on HBO Max in an effort to buoy streaming service subscribers. It’s unclear how many HBO Max users watched the movie, though the company touted record viewership. Next weekend, «Wonder Woman 1984» will be taken off HBO Max and it will only be available to watch in theaters until it reaches its traditional home entertainment window. It’s expected to return to the streaming platform a few months later
. ‘Up’ documentary maker Michael Apted dies at 79
British filmmaker Michael Apted, the man behind the «Up» documentaries that chronicled the lives of a group of British children for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 79, his U.S. agent said on Friday. Apted also directed Hollywood movies ranging from the 1999 James Bond blockbuster «The World is Not Enough» to the Loretta Lynn country singer biography «Coal Miner’s Daughter» and dozens of TV shows, including episodes of British soap «Coronation Street» in the 1967.
(With inputs from agencies.)