4 Jan – Despite previous anticipation for the movie, "Wonder Woman 1984" did not do as well as hoped at China's box office, falling second to the Andy Lau-starrer, "Shock Wave 2".
According to Variety, the Herman Yau directed stand-alone sequel of the 2017 movie made RMB 187 million (USD$28.6 million) at the box office since its release on Christmas Eve, as opposed to the DC female superhero movie, which earned RMB 151 million (USD$23 million) at the box office in the two weeks following its release.
The Hong Kong movie, which stars Andy Lau as a former bomb disposal expert, also stars one of Hong Kong's best actors Sean Lau, and Chinese actress Ni Ni.
The original 2017 movie earned around USD$ 68 million at the box office from a budget of USD$ 23 million, and earned it seven nominations at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards - where one of its actors Philip Keung won his first HKFA Best Supporting Actor accolade.
On the other hand, Guo Jingming's "The Ying-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity" and Dante Lam's "The Rescue" made it to second and third place - with the latter earning a cumulative RMB 421 million (USD$65 million) so far.
As for "Wonder Woman 1984", the movie had a better result in North America, opening to USD$16.7 million. However, it was not universally loved as its predecessor, with critics claiming that the movie lacked the same emotional impact of the first movie.