Update: Variety is reporting that Free Guy and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will both debut exclusively in theatres and will play for 45 days before transitioning to streaming.
Disney announced back in March that Black Widow and Cruella would both be maintaining their theatrical release dates while also arriving on Disney+ via Premier Access day and date. Almost two months later, as theatres are reopening in the U.S. and moviegoers are slowly returning, Disney is still hesitant to commit to those three words, “Only in Theatres.” They are continuing to hedge their bets by carrying over the hybrid release strategy to their next big summer movie: Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. The movie will be arriving both in theatres and on Disney+ Premier Access on July 30th. Dwayne Johnson made the following announcement today via Instagram:
The announcement would seem to indicate a lack of confidence in audiences returning to theatres immediately although it is obviously still way too early to tell. Last weekend Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man topped the box office with $8 million in the U.S., which may not sound like much but it is only $2 million off from his previous film The Gentlemen. Considering that only 63% of theatres are currently open in the U.S., I’d say that’s at least a promising start. Either way, the Premier Access thing seems like a good compromise for Disney even though I’m sure theatre owners won’t be too happy about it. Are you planning to see Jungle Cruise, and if so, how will you be watching it?