Moviegoers who were looking to close 2020 out with some blockbuster movies might have to make rearrangements to their plans, as Disney’s Free Guy and Death on the Nile have been removed from the company’s December release window.
Variety reports that the removal of both films was an executive decision made in response to the struggling box office sales in the US in recent months, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cripple the theatre business globally.
Already, Warner Bros. is reported to be contemplating withholding the Christmas Day premiere of Wonder Woman 1984 to 2021 due to this, so it’s no surprise that the House of Mouse is doing the same.
Free Guy, which stars Ryan Reynolds, was supposed to release on 11 December, while the Gal Gadot-led Death on the Nile would have released in theatres on 18 December. Disney has yet to announce new release dates for either film, and it looks as though the company doesn’t have plans to release the movies direct-to-VOD on Disney+ either. Not yet, at least.
If WW84 does get removed from the release calendar too, that means Sony Pictures’ Monster Hunter (3 December internationally / 30 December in the US) would be the only heavy-hitter in December, which doesn’t look all that tantalising for moviegoers.
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