Disney says ‘Eternal’, ‘West Side Story’ will only hit theaters

Disney says 'Eternal', 'West Side Story' will only hit theaters

(LR) Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie and Barry Keoghan of “The Eternals” attend a Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disney’s D23 Expo 2019 today in Anaheim , in California. .

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The rest of Disney’s 2021 roster will come exclusively to theaters, the company said on Friday.

For the first half of the year, Disney has chosen to make several of its new films available in theaters and on Disney + either for free or for a fee of $ 30. These decisions were made long before vaccination rates rose and the delta version spread across the United States.

However, it became clear that the double release led to cannibalism in theater ticket sales.

With the national box office success of 20th Century Studio’s “Free Guy” and the theatrical release only of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, Disney is confident consumers are ready to return to the game. rooms. And that the future of his successful feature film is on the big screen.

With $ 75.5 million at the box office Friday, Saturday and Sunday, “Shang-Chi” was the second biggest domestic debut since the start of the pandemic. Its total box office for the four-day holiday weekend topped $ 90 million, nearly triple that of the previous Labor Day weekend record holder.

“Free Guy,” an original concept film, has grossed nearly $ 240 million worldwide since its debut on August 13, the fifth global achievement in 2021.

Disney’s new animated feature “Encanto,” slated for release on Thanksgiving, will have a special 30-day theatrical release before it hits Disney + on December 24.

“Eternal,” “The Last Duel,” “Rons Gone Wrong,” “West Side Story” and “The King’s Man” will all have a special theatrical release lasting at least 45 days.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” wasn’t on that list, but will likely have a special theatrical release. It is co-produced by Disney and Sony. Sony does not have its own streaming platform and has released all of its 2021 theatrical films exclusively in theaters.

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