On the distribution side, it was a busy weekend. The highly anticipated Tenet from Warner Bros has now shifted its release date, pushing it back just two weeks to 31 July so that more US cinemas can be open and working smoothly. In turn, Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 has been moved to 2 October this year, from 14 August. The movie Godzilla vs Kong from same studio has moved to 21 May next year, from 20 November 2020, and Matrix 4 has been moved to 2022.
Universal’s Bond film No Time To Die has shifted a few days earlier to 20 November 2020, from 25 November in the USA and will also release a little earlier on 12 November in the UK.
STX’s Greenland is now set to open on 31 July, which was the only wide movie currently on that day until Tenet shifted. This is a week after Mulan is scheduled to release.
Qatar has set a date for cinemas to re-open now as well, as part of the fourth phase of the country opening up. That phase will begin on 1 September, along with educational institutions. Hygiene and distancing measures will be in place.
Cinemas in Turkey will be allowed to open from 1 July, as part of a wider plan to re-open the economy. This will include theatres and other entertainment centres.
Cinemas in Serbia are set to re-open on 1 July.
Cinemas were allowed to open in Bosnia from 18 May, just over two months after they shut down, and at a point when they were 2% up year on year.
Cinemas in Kazakhstan will re-open on 15 June with hygiene measures in place. Kazakh cinemas are estimated to have lost $10m during the lockdown.
In the USA, fourth-largest circuit Marcus Theatres is to open 6 cinemas in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Georgia on 19 June. Initial programming for four days a week will be library titles, such as Harry Potter and some titles that were in cinemas when the virus hit.
Finnish circuit Finnkino will be opening three sites (2 in Helsini and 1 in Turku) from the 24th June. They will open with local new releases, including animated film Sansam, as well as the Christopher Nolan movies Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk. They have introduced a contactless journey for guests as well as hygiene measures. Finnkino is part of Odeon Cinemas Group (AMC).
UK’s Cineworld has now abandoned its acquisition of Canadian circuit Cineplex, which was worth around $2.3bn.