The INSIDER Summary:
- “Wonder Woman 2” will be released December 13, 2019.
- The first movie was released June 2017 and owned the summer box office.
- It’s a bit surprising Warner Bros. didn’t give the sequel its coveted mid-July theatrical date where “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight” have found huge success.
- Instead, the sequel will be going up against Disney’s “Frozen 2” and has to hope another “Star Wars” movie doesn’t get pushed back.
We finally have a release date for the “Wonder Woman” sequel, but we’re going to have to wait a while.
Warner Bros. announced Tuesday night “Wonder Woman 2” will be released December 13, 2019.
If that date gives you pause, you’re not alone. Forbes’ box-office pundit Scott Mendelson was surprised the movie didn’t have a summer release.
Am slightly surprised WONDER WOMAN 2 opted for Christmas 2019. Christmas legs will be great, but WB would’ve owned summer 2020 in a walk.
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) July 26, 2017
The first “Wonder Woman” movie crushed the summer box office with its opening the first weekend of June. “Wonder Woman” has grossed more than $780 million worldwide at the box office.
According to research firm Exhibitor Relations, “Wonder Woman” was the top domestic release of the summer, ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Worldwide, it came in at number two. It seems like “Wonder Woman” could be a clear bet to win the summer similar to a “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Captain America” sequel.
If not June, July has always been a big month for Warner Bros. in the past. That’s when three of its “Harry Potter” movies were released, including the final “Deathly Hallows,” which grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide. Mid-July was also a winner for “The Dark Knight” and its sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises. Each grossed over $1 billion at theaters.
The one problem there is that Disney may have beat WB to the punch and announced its live-action “Lion King” movie for July 19, 2019. Ouch.
Potential concern with December 2019
While there’s no “Star Wars” movie set to drop December 2019 — Lucasfilm announced “Episode IX” will drop in May 2019 to return the franchise to its traditional release dates — don’t count on that as a sure thing. Remember, the studio also wanted “Episode VIII” to be released in May 2017, but then that got pushed back from Memorial Day to December of this year. “The Force Awakens” was pushed back to December 2015 after hoping for a summer release that year. See a pattern?
Even if “Star Wars” does hit its May release, there’s still some other big Disney competition the movie could face: “Frozen 2” is set for a November 27, 2019 release.
What little girl doesn’t want to see Anna and Elsa on the big screen again? Disney knows families will head out in droves to see that come Christmas. That’s why it’s putting a 21-minute “Frozen” short in front of its next Pixar movie, “Coco,” this November. The first “Frozen,” also released in November, held steady through the New Year to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.
You would think Warner Bros. would want to give its most successful DCEU (DC Extended Universe) movie a bit more time in between to breathe.
As Mendelson notes, making the date for “Wonder Woman 2” in December means the studio would want it to perform like a “Star Wars” or “Avatar” movie, or one of Warner Bros.’ last big moneymakers, “The Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” franchises. Wonder Woman may just have some competition to edge out.