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Hollywood braces for unusual holiday box office

Hollywood's holiday traditions will look entirely different this year, as movie lovers swap big screens and popcorn buckets for streaming services and Christmas leftovers.

As studios take different approaches to the radically-changed holiday release season, two films debuting on Christmas Day via the internet will serve as an important test of what works — and what doesn't. Wonder Woman 1984 will be available both on HBO Max and in U.S. theaters that are still open, while Pixar's Soul will debut exclusively on Disney+. The decision to premiere Wonder Woman through streaming was met with criticism last month, with one critic calling it "the definition of short-term pain for long-term gain."