24th July 2020
Mulan was about a week away from release when the world started closing down due the the COVID-19 pandemic, after a couple of new dates Disney have now removed it from their schedule until further notice.
This isn't much of a surprise as America is still deep in the pandemic with cases increasing daily and there is no sign to the end meaning cinemas are still not ready to re-open.
This may seem unfair to the rest of the world which is slowly staring to re-open and cinemas are in limited capacity accepting people in their doors, but who knows like Warner Bros. and Tenet a staggered release may happen.
This is just the latest is what is becoming a long list of films, as mentioned Tenet has been removed indefinitely and today it was announced that Bill & Ted Face The Music will get a simultaneous movie theatre and VOD release.
There are more to come I'm sure as Wonder Woman 1985 and A Quiet Place Part II are just around the corner and the virus is still months away from being controlled in the US.
A staggered global release similar to hot things were before the turn of the Millennium is possible, films used to get released in Europe and Australia often up to a year after their American release.
This was stopped primarily because of piracy and with the internet the ease of distributing pirated films, as opposed to buying the film on VHS from your mate down the pub!
25thframe.co.uk will bring you more as films get delayed.
20th July 2020
It was going to happen sooner or later, with the huge spike in the COVID-19 pandemic hitting a majority of America the movie studios are starting to shift release dates again with Christopher Nolan's Tenet loosing its August 12th release.
The more interesting aspect here is that Warner Bros. have not given it a new release date, this is the third time it has shifted date and they are clearly not going to give it a new date until things have settled.
The new movie was meant to be the start of the movie theatre re-opening and the film which would get the public going to the cinema again.
Sony have also shifted the date of Broken Hearts Gallery, and similarly have not given the movie a new release date yet.
Warner Bros. have announced that they will most likely release Tenet staggered around the world, the UK is starting to fully open and box office charts are starting to appear and France's top movie last weekend took over a million dollar at the box office, something not seen for a while.
Australia and New Zealand have also been vigilant at controlling the virus and have been producing box office charts through the whole pandemic.
Disney have Milan set for 21st August and Bill & Ted Face The Music is just around the corner with a release date of 14th August, A Quiet Place Part II also has a date at the start of September, these are all big films which will, most likely, get release date shifts.
The lead is mainly from the US which may not see cinemas open properly this year so maybe we are going to go back to the '90 where America would get most films before the rest of the world, but in reverse!
22nd May 2020
Warner Bros. release a new trailer for their tentpole film Tenet which is directed by Christopher Nolan, the film is currently set for a July 17th release.
The movie looks like a fantastic sci-fi movie in the typical Christopher Nolan vein of through provoking and head scratching excellence, the movie stars a whole host of big names like John David Washingtonm, Robert Pattinson, Kenneth Branagh and of course Michael Caine.
With cinemas currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic there is no decision yet on when they will reopen, so although there is no change of release Warner Bros. may yet move it to later in the year.
This will be a shame as the cinema chains are in some ways waiting for a big blockbuster before reopeneing, although at the moment local authorities are looking at how people can social distance inside a movie theatre before allowing them to open their box office again.
If the movie does get released it will kick off the movie season with Wonder Woman 1984, Mulan, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run and Bill And Ted Face The Music following close on its heels .
There is still doubt if the public will 'risk' going to the cinema when things first start opening up again but Tenet is currently set to be the first test things out.
Still enjoy the trailer as its the first sight of a new film we've had in a while.
21st May 2020
There is still no official box office numbers getting released but with many drive-in cinemas across America open and reporting numbers horror movie The Wretched spends a third week at the top of the US cinema chart.
Here is the top 5 films in America this weekend
Spending a third weekend at the top this horror film from directors Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce took $85K from its drive-in showings to bring its total gross in the US to nearly $300K.
Starring Beanie Feldstein this comedy movie stays at number 2 this weekend for a second week taking $36K for a total gross of $55K.
This is kind of the highest new entry of the week although it was released in 2018!
The documentary feature directed by Cassidy Friedman takes $4k over the weekend, the film wisely taking advantage of the lack of new films at the cinema.
This animated feature from May of 2019 spends its second week on the box office (of sorts) taking $1.5K on its second weekend pushing its total to $4K.
With a take of $55 this drama directed by Giuseppe Capotondi spends its fourth weekend on the box office, it has now taken $40K.
We know under normal circumstances the American box office would have been far different than this but its fun to take a look at what is happening across the county with the movie industry until we get more theatres opening.
At the moment the studios are hoping that will be by July when Warner Bros. have their big tentpole picture Tenet directed by Christopher Nolan opening.