Fight the Power

Wonder Woman is headed to HBO Max on the same day as the theatrical release. Don’t believe the Warner Brothers lies that the audience is somehow clamoring to watch an action film on their TV. Warner Brothers is releasing all of their movies in 2021 simultaneous on streaming at a possible loss of $100 million or more in box office revenue to launch HBO Max. I’m not an AT&T shareholder so it’s not my money being wasted on a vanity project.

Show Warner Brothers how you want to watch action movies by seeking out your local theater and watching Wonder Woman 1984. A chain like AMC or Cinemark is good too. Regal will not be open BOOOOOOOOOO. Then again this is the chain that doesn’t want fans to dress up to see movies.

If you live near an Alamo Drafthouse with private PARTY screenings of WW1984 I envy you, but I’ll get by with my three choices with regular screenings.

The Star in Whitehall is noticeably absent, but I still hold out hope they will be back in business after Covid 19 is defeated. It’s not my wishful thinking that there is a future for movie theaters, listen to the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse talk about the future of theaters.

I was looking forward to seeing Soul, but it bypassed the theaters and was released as Disney+ exclusive. I’m trying to support my local video rental store so Disney+ streaming is out of the question while Movie Lovers is still in business.


I did my part

I did my part and went to see Tenet in the theater. Went to the local Regal since the Star Theater in Whitehall is still waiting for studios to release new movies before reopening. Was looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman on the big screen. Not sure what the proper box office number should be for a pandemic, but $20 million was the opening weekend whether Warner Bros likes it or not. Worldwide box office of over $300 million so far, which is probably as good as it gets for going first. Wonder Woman will probably suffer a similar fate on opening weekend, since it will play in theaters that have been closed for a while to audiences who will have had even more time to get accustomed to watching at home.

Studios are now holding off on new releases since the expectation was for Tenet to be a $1 billion picture. Disney might be able to hold out and survive on streaming, but the rest of the studios need theaters for their product to reach consumers.

The rise of Netflix shows the audience is not prepared to research the studio just to watch a movie at home.

At this point my choices are the Empire Twin for my theater fix and Movie Lovers when I want to watch movies at home.