The remaining films on the Disney's 2021 list will all hit theaters exclusively before being released on its Disney Plus streaming platform, the the company announced late Friday.
"Following the tremendous box office success of our summer films which included five of the top eight domestic releases of the year, we are delighted to update our plans to release theaters for the remainder of 2021 "said Kareem Daniel, president of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution in a press release, adding that " confidence in cinema continues to improve ".
The coronavirus pandemic and the temporary movie theater closures that began last spring have led movie studios to delay the release of many of their films, in hopes of letting the time for pandemic restrictions to ease and allow people to return to theaters in droves. rs. Warner Bros. angered many in Hollywood when it announced in December 2020 that its entire 2021 list would be published simultaneously on its streaming platform HBO Max.
Disney's decision follows the blockbuster theatrical releases of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Free Guy. Disney released each of these movies with a window of exclusive 45-day cinema. Shang-Chi exceeds $ 71.4 million when released on Labor Day weekend , the second-largest opening draw for films released in theaters during the pandemic, and Free Guy grossed 28 , $ 4 million in its Debut in August. The dThey films have since topped $ 100 million at the box office.
But Disney is dealing with the fallout from its decision to release Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, in theaters and on its Disney Plus streaming platform (for a fee of $ 30) at the same time in July. Johansson sued Disney, alleging that the simultaneous release reduced the amount of money the film raised in theaters. The actress' salary was in part based on Black Widow's box office performance, which meant she stood at risk of losing a significant amount of money. Disney disputed the good -based on the pursuit of Johansson. Black Widow grossed $ 80 million at the domestic box office on its July 9 opening weekend andgenerated $ 80 million through Disney Plus, Variety reported .