Another day, another COVID-related delay. This time it is the upcoming Gerard Butler disaster movie Greenland that is being pushed out by distributor STX Films, just over a week before it was due to hit theatres in North America. The movie was originally supposed to be released in early June but it has now been delayed four times since the start of the pandemic. (It has already opened overseas where it has earned $12.5 million from 13 markets thus far.) A new date has not yet been announced but it is still expected to hit theatres sometime in 2020. However, more delays seem to be on the horizon with Disney also apparently contemplating new dates for both Black Widow and Pixar’s Soul. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Disney is on the verge of announcing a delay for the upcoming Marvel movie Black Widow, which is currently scheduled for Nov. 6th. The poor box office performance of Mulan overseas has not helped (it bombed in China in particular), although whether that is related to the pandemic or just a lack of interest in the movie itself remains to be seen. The studio is also weighing options for their other November release, Pixar’s Soul, with some insiders claiming it might go straight to Disney+.
70% of U.S. theatres are currently open right now but the lack of new content is leaving them in a bit of a predicament. A movie like Greenland seems like it could have followed in the footsteps of Unhinged, pushing ahead with a theatrical release and benefitting from the lack of competition. But with even lower budget genre movies getting delayed, it seems unlikely that any other major blockbusters will stick it out anytime soon.