Marvel Girl 1984 wins Christmas streaming showdown with Disney’s soul, however there is a catch
Wonder Woman 1984 wins the Christmas streaming showdown with Disney and Pixar. The highly anticipated sequel to DC had premiered Christmas Day on HBO Max and in theaters, while Disney and Pixar’s Soul skipped theaters in favor of a Disney + debut that same day. Wonder Woman 1984 was able to get some viewers into theaters to watch the film, but for the most part it appears that the majority of fans have stayed home to stream the film instead.
It was revealed that Wonder Woman topped Nielsen’s US streaming chart for the week of December 21-27 in 1984, which was being updated. According to Nielson, the DC sequel took 2.252 billion minutes of streaming on HBO Max soul drew nearly 1.7 billion minutes on Disney +. It seems that Warner Bros. could beat Pixar and Disney by 35% if you just look at the minutes. However, there are a few other factors to consider when looking at Nielson metrics.
Soul has a running time of 101 minutes without the foreign language credits, which brings the film to 110 minutes. However, the regular credits bring the film to around 90 minutes. Most of the viewers don’t sit or watch all of the credits unless they’re asleep. In comparison, Wonder Woman 1984 is much longer at 151 minutes, and the credits are believed to roll around the 143-minute mark. According to Forbes, that means the DC sequel was seen approximately between 14.9 and 15.7 million times, while Soul was seen approximately between 15.3 and 18.5 million times during Holiday Week.
If you look at these numbers, it doesn’t look like Wonder Woman really dominated the vacation weekend in 1984 as most say. However, it’s not exactly clear how Nielson gets its metrics from HBO Max, especially since this was the first time they have included the streaming service. Nielson has said that they are “working on bringing the data in” externally from HBO Max. Additionally, it is unclear how the logs are tabulated taking into account the DC fans who most likely quickly passed through the credits to the mid- Credit scene seen. Basically, it looks like it will take a little longer for Nielson and other rating groups to get final streaming information.
Netflix does not make its audience numbers available to the public. Instead, they announce when something has been a great success. For example, earlier this week they announced that Bridgerton was their most watched series in their history. According to Netflix, the popular series was seen by more than 82 million households in the first 28 days after streaming. That said, the streaming numbers for Wonder Woman 1984 and Soul are definitely impressive. HBO Max claims that nearly half of its paid subscribers saw the sequel on its premiere day. Forbes was the first to cover the possible narrower span between the DC and Pixar films during the December holiday week.
Topics: Wonder Woman 2, Soul, HBO Max, Streaming, Disney Plus