Disney announced on Friday that upcoming 2021 films “Eternals,” “The Last Duel,” “West Side Story,” “Ron’s Gone Wrong” and “The King’s Man” will get exclusive, 45-day theatrical windows before moving to digital platforms.
Meanwhile, the animated musical “Encanto” will play in theaters for 30 days starting on Nov. 24, before hitting Disney Plus right in time for Christmas for its subscribers.
The move comes after the box office success of theatrical-only releases like “Free Guy” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Marvel’s first exclusive theatrical release in more than two years, has grossed $105.9 million domestically through Wednesday, making it one of the best performing theatrical releases of the pandemic era.
“Following the tremendous box office success of our summer films which included five of the top eight domestic releases of the year, we are excited to update our theatrical plans for the remainder of 2021,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.
“As confidence in moviegoing continues to improve, we look forward to entertaining audiences in theatres, while maintaining the flexibility to give our Disney+ subscribers the gift of Encanto this holiday season,” he added.
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Here’s what their 2021 slate looks like –
The Last Duel (2021)
Release Date: Oct 15, 2021
Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021)
Release Date: Oct 22, 2021
Release Date: Nov 05, 2021
Release Date: Nov 24, 2021
West Side Story (2021)
Release Date: Dec 10, 2021
The King’s Man (2021)
Release Date: Dec 22, 2021
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Disney also announced a slew of new release dates through 2024, mostly for untitled projects from its various divisions, as reported by Variety.
Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley,” due for a limited release from Searchlight Pictures on Dec. 3, has moved to a wide release on Dec. 17 — putting it head to head against “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a co-production between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios.
A “Bob’s Burgers” feature, based on the popular animated Fox TV series, was also dated for May 27, 2022.
Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” starring Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy, was dated for May 26, 2023.
And Marvel Studios staked claim to new dates in 2024 for untitled projects, on Feb. 16, May 3, July 26 and Nov. 8.