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Disney says the rest of its 2021 films will have exclusively theatrical releases

Disney says the rest of its 2021 films will have exclusively theatrical releases

The remaining films on Disney's 2021 slate will release exclusively in theaters before being released on its Disney Plus streaming platform, the company announced late Friday.

Karim Daniel, President of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, said: "Following the tremendous box office success of our summer films, which included five of the year's top eight domestic releases, we look to update our theatrical plans for the rest of 2021. Looking forward to . . . excited for." in a news release, saying that "confidence in watching the film continues to improve."

The coronavirus pandemic and the temporary closure of theaters that began last spring has delayed the release of many of his films, allowing the easing of pandemic restrictions and allowing people to return to theaters in large numbers. Warner Bros. angered many in Hollywood when it announced in December 2020 that its entire 2021 slate would be released simultaneously on its HBO Max streaming platform.

Disney's decision follows the successful theater-first releases of Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings and Free Guy. Disney released all of those films exclusively with a 45-day theatrical window. Shang-Chi topped $71.4 million in its Labor Day weekend release, the second-highest opening for films released theatrically during the pandemic, and Free Guy grossed $28.4 million in early August. Of. Both the films have crossed the $100 million mark at the box office.

But Disney is dealing with the repercussions of its decision to release the Scarlett Johansson-starring Black Widow in theaters at the same time in July and on its Disney Plus streaming platform (for a $30 fee). Johansson sued Disney, alleging that simultaneous releases reduced the film's earnings in theaters. The actress' salary was partly based on Black Widow's box-office performance, which meant she lost a significant amount. Disney has disputed the merits of Johansson's lawsuit. Black Widow earned $80 million at the domestic box office and $80 million through Disney Plus in its July 9 opening weekend, Variety reported.

The release schedule for the rest of Disney's films in 2021 will include the introduction of the animated musical film Encanto for a 30-day window on November 24. Of course, as we have seen time and again, most release dates are subject to change amidst the escalating circumstances of the pandemic):

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