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Even on HBO, Wonder Woman remains a blockbuster

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Feb 14, 2018

It's been over eight months since Wonder Woman charged into movie theaters and started ticking off achievement after achievement at the box office. It earned the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for a film directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins) and the top overall box-office run for a film directed by a woman. Plus, its final numbers on the big screen (more than $820 million) make it the top-grossing superhero origin movie of all time. Now, Diana of Themyscira is conquering the small screen, too.

Wonder Woman made its television debut last Saturday with a cable premiere on HBO, and it turned out to garner the best ratings the network has seen for such an event in two years. According to Vulture, the film's arrival on TV drew 2.809 million viewers, 300,000 more than coverage of the Winter Olympics on the NBC Sports Network (not to be confused with the main NBC broadcast network, just to be clear). That's the best movie premiere HBO's seen since Dwayne Johnson's San Andreas debuted in 2016 with 2.82 million viewers, just slightly more than Wonder Woman.

Then, on Sunday, Wonder Woman put up big numbers yet again with an encore broadcast that drew 1.6 million viewers, the best movie rerun for HBO since Furious 6 in 2014. When you consider that neither of these numbers includes people who recorded the film on their DVRs or watched it via HBOGo or HBO Now, it's definitely safe to say that Wonder Woman is still having amazing weekends, even though its theatrical release is long past.