Disney recently announced the remainder of its 2021 films would be released exclusively in theaters first before streaming on Disney+. So for everyone that planned on streaming new Disney movies right away, you’ll have to go back to the theaters and $18 popcorns.
The decision by Disney comes as box office results have been favorable as of late, not to mention the trouble with releasing films on its streaming platform first. This shows that Disney is optimistic about how many movie-goers will head to theaters, despite the COVID-19 Delta variant spike.
“As confidence in moviegoing continues to improve, we look forward to entertaining audiences in theaters.”
Disney’s remaining 2021 movie releases will come to theaters first, then be available on the new Disney+ streaming platform later. Theater releases include Ron’s Gone Wrong, Marvel’s Eternals, The King’s Man, The Last Duel, and the new West Side Story.
New movies will be available to stream roughly 45 days after the theatrical release. However, the animated musical Encanto, coming on November 24th, will be available on Disney+ 30 days later, just in time for the holidays.
This news suggests that Disney saw day-one streaming as a temporary option during the ongoing pandemic. As a result, we may not see a shift to streaming platforms as fast as initially expected.