23rd September 2020
We all knew it was coming but hoped that maybe somehow things would improve, but with the slow reopening of cinemas and paying audiences still not feeling safe many films have had their release schedules changed.
Among them are Black Widow, Eternals, Death On The Nile, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and West Side Story, most of which have now gone into 2021 which at the moment seems like a safer bet.
Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson has changed to May 7th 2021 and is perhaps one of the biggest to have a change, this could still see a debut on Disney+ if things don't improve quick enough.
West Side Story from director Steven Spielberg has gone on a whole year to December 10th 2021, this originally set to be a big 2020 holiday movie and Oscar contender.
Interestingly Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune which was set to be released the same day has not (yet) moved from December 18th 2020.
Death On The Nile has moved to December 18th 2020, not into 2021 yet but it is the same day as Dune and (which I'm sure will move) and long awaited comedy sequel starring Eddie Murphy, Coming 2 America, although with no trailer or poster yet this will move to same time in 2021 at some point.
Eternals, another Marvel feature, has moved to later in 2021, November 5th, and also from Marvel Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has changed to July 9th.
With the UK about to go back into some kind of lockdown the state of cinemas is looking as uncertain as ever, it is being suggested that Tenet's box office was effected because Warner Bros. opened the movie when people were simply not ready to go back to the movies.
There needs to be a breakthrough in overcoming the virus and cinema chains regaining the trust of the public before things will truly recover and that could be more like the end of 2021 in reality.
Source of much of this story @GiteshPandya on twitter
With the recent release of Tenet not lighting up cinemas around the world, especially in America, it comes as no surprise that Warner Bros. have moved Wonder Woman 1984 to later in the year, December 25th in the US and December 26th in the UK.
Director Patty Jenkins announced when the film first got moved earlier in the year that the movie had to be seen on the big screen, the movie was moved once more and now gets moved again.
The release of Christopher Nolans Tenet could be seen as a test, and it would seem that test failed with many cinemas still not open across the world and other places like Europe starting to see a spike in COVID-19 cases with potential closures set to resume again.
This move also puts into doubt the release of the 25th Bond movie No Time To Die due November 12th along with Black Widow on October 23rd, which many fans fear could go direct to Disney+ for a premium like Mulan.
There are many other potential blockbuster toward the end of 2020 and into 2021 which could also be in danger of a release move or a direct to digital release.
With many predicting that the pandemic might not be over until late in 2021 this is bad news for the cinema industry and could see many independent business closing and a potential of larger chains also struggling.
31st August 2020
Although cinemas are far from back to normal in the US many cinemas have opened, although with limited capacity and many are making their audiences wear masks which are putting people off going back, The New Mutants tops the weekend with the closest thing to a pre-pandemic gross since mid March.
The Mutant movie was joined by Bill And Ted and David Copperfield as new releases on the top 5 which the top 3 all grossed over a million dollars.
There are a number of other bog new films released in the comping weeks including Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984 and Black Widow which should all mean a growth in cinema going.
Here is the top 5 movies in the US weekend 28th - 30th August 2020.
The movie had a troubled journey to the cinema having its release date movies a number of time, more recently because of the coronavirus but also due to scheduling problems and the 20th Century Fox buyout from Disney.
It has finally got the cinema and whether by design or not it is the first big release to hit the top since cinemas closed in mid March and it does so with a $7 Million debut.
After hitting the top last weekend the Russell Crowe movie falls to number 2 this weekend with $2.6 Million giving the movie a $8.8 Million total after 3 weeks.
The movie should have come out earlier in the year before it was announced it would get a simultaneous movie theatre and VOD release.
The movie lands on the box office at number 3 with a debut gross of just over a million dollars, digital number are hard to come by.
The movie hit the Uk box office back in January of this year and was a sizeable hit, after a couple of delays the movie hits US movie theatres with a $520K debut weeekend.
After entering the box office at number 3 last weekend the Thor Freudenthal directed movie falls to 5 with a weekend gross of $453K.
This takes the movies total gross to $1.08 MIllion after 2 weeks on the box office.
During the Disney earnings call on August 4th it was announced that the live action version of Mulan, which has had many theatrical delays, will be released on the monthly subscription Disney+ for $29.99.
That is in America at least where the COVID-19 pandemic is still keeping cinemas from opening.
Disney also announced that other countries where Disney+ was available would get the movie, but some countries that don't will get a theatrical release.
The UK has Disney+ and movie theatres are starting to open, and by September 4th, the announced release date, even more will be open.
The movie is most likely to get a duel release in the UK, and other countries in Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand so people can choose how to watch it, a worrying move for the cinema industry.
Other films that have been delayed are The New Mutants and Black Widow which are still set to have theatrical released but could also get Disney+ 'rental' releases as well as hit cinemas.
Lets hope (for many reasons) things get back to normal soon, then we can start enjoying more movies as they should be seen, in a movie theatre!
3rd April 2020
After Mulan and Black Widow got delayed Disney didn't announce new release dates, but today we get the new dates as July 24th 2020 and November 6th 2020.
Mulan starring Jet Li and Donnie Yen got pulled with literally a couple of weeks to go before it hit cinemas, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and cinemas closed and the release was pulled.
Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh was set to kick of the summer movie schedule with a release of May 1st.
With the new release dates we can start looking forward to the live action remake and the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4.
Interestingly July 24th is the current release date of Disney's own Jungle Cruise movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, so expect a move of that to maybe Christmas?
**UPDATE** The release date of Jungle Cruise has moved and will now get a release on 30th July 2021.
This is all providing the current stay at home is over and the cinemas have reopened.