The transfer accompanies parallel closures within the UK and are prompted in no small half by one other delay for the James Bond film No Time to Die, which was pushed again to April 2021 after considerations that even a November launch wouldn’t be viable throughout the pandemic. Some main motion pictures are nonetheless slated for US releases in 2020, reminiscent of Pixar’s Soul (November 20th) and Marvel Girl 1984 (December 25th), however they’re coming late within the 12 months and aren’t proof against additional delays.
Because it stands, studios which have tried to launch motion pictures regardless of the pandemic haven’t had a lot success. Selection noted that Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has fared nicely in some international locations, racking up $300 million in ticket gross sales worldwide, however has struggled within the US — its income this weekend was solely barely greater than the re-release of the 1993 film Hocus Pocus. The pandemic remains to be working rampant within the US, and viewers don’t seem keen to gamble with their well being no matter which markets are open.
Regal’s transfer underscores the rising significance of streaming motion pictures throughout the pandemic. Many studios have turned to premiering main motion pictures on-line, generally alongside theatrical releases, because it’s usually the one manner they will guarantee a big viewers. These new closures might make streaming all of the extra essential, notably in areas the place Regal was one of many few viable choices.
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