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‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Lacks Fire With $8.6M Debut As Pic Hits Disney+ & NYC Reopens: Why The Industry Is Worried – Sunday Update

‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Lacks Fire With $8.6M Debut As Pic Hits Disney+ & NYC Reopens: Why The Industry Is Worried – Sunday Update
Sunday Am Writethru: Updated with NYC B.O. data, refresh for chart and more analysis While Disney’s animated release of Raya and the Last Dragon led the weekend box office with $8.6M at 2,045 theaters, the movie’s less than stellar result has left agita in the bellies of many exhibition and studio executives. Read on.

The pic’s less than stellar start, which is 41% below last weekend’s $14.1M opening for Warner Bros.Tom & Jerry (which was available for free on HBO Max) can be largely attributed to No. 3 exhibitor Cinemark, as well as Harkins, and Canada’s Cineplex blocking the title over Disney’s refusal to budge on terms as the title is made available on Disney+ as a $30 purchase. Raya‘s opening was also less than Croods: A New Age’s $9.7M 3-day take over its Thanksgiving stretch. There’s also the notion that Croods: A
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How to Binge ‘WandaVision’ Online: Stream the Complete Series Now on Disney+

How to Binge ‘WandaVision’ Online: Stream the Complete Series Now on Disney+
WandaVision‘s first season has ended, and Avengers fans eager to see what happens in the Marvel series, which stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision, can now binge all the episodes on one streaming service: Disney+.

Ready to visit Westview for yourself? Grab the remote, find a comfortable seat and check out everything you need to know to watch one of the most highly anticipated series of 2021.

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X-Men Isn't the Title of the McU's First Mutants Movie?

X-Men Isn't the Title of the McU's First Mutants Movie?
It's not news that Marvel is planning to develop a new MCU canon X-Men story. Fox's acquisition by The Walt Disney Co. reverted the rights of X-Men characters into Marvel. Since then, fans have speculated hundreds of different theories on how X-Men could be integrated into the long-running and ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, we just can't wait to watch X-Men and other characters from the mutant lore making their debut in the MCU. But it seems, the name X-Men might not be something Marvel would be comfortable using as a title. At least not right out of the gate.

Marvel's Take On X-Men Titles

Marvel Studios Cco, Kevin Feige first announced his and his execs' intentions concerning an X-Men movie set in the MCU during the 2019 San Diego Comic Con's Hall H presentation. The presentation was heavily focused on Marvel Studios' plans for Marvel's Phase 4 and its new plans
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MCU: 5 Ways The Winter Soldier Is A Villain (& 5 Ways He’s A Victim)

MCU: 5 Ways The Winter Soldier Is A Villain (& 5 Ways He’s A Victim)
The arrival of the Winter Soldier as a villain in the Marvel Cinematic universe divided its fanbase considerably due to some considering him an antagonist while many others thought of him as a tragic figure who had to endure decades of abuse to become what he ended up as.

Related: Black Widow: 10 Unanswered Questions About Natasha Romanoff The Film Needs To Resolve

There’s certainly a lot to back up the notion that he’s just a victim due to the many challenges he’s never sought but has been forced to confront. However, his presence has resulted in a lot of harm. And even if he didn’t intend to do so, he has been the one to inflict these losses that makes it difficult not to consider him as a villain.
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Universal Shifts Summer Release For ‘F9’ Onto ‘Venom 2’s Date; ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ Heads To 2022

Universal Shifts Summer Release For ‘F9’ Onto ‘Venom 2’s Date; ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ Heads To 2022
Not to be an alarmist or negative about the future, but Universal has shifted the theatrical release dates for its much delayed titan tentpoles F9 and Illumination’s Minions the Rise of Gru.

F9 will no longer go on May 28, rather June 25. Minions 2 will now open on July 1, 2022 instead of July 2.

I hear that the slight shift in theatrical dating for F9 has to do with major overseas markets. They’re still not open despite NYC reopening this Friday and Los Angeles expected to reopen in the near future as Covid cases decrease and vaccinations increase in the city. There is a chance as overseas markets do improve during the pandemic, that F9 could begin its theatrical journey abroad before domestic. All of that said, Universal is trying to have as many markets go at once for F9 as possible.

F9 leaves behind Disney’s Cruella and Paramount’s
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‘F9’ Postponed for the Third Time, ‘Minions’ Sequel Pushed to 2022

‘F9’ Postponed for the Third Time, ‘Minions’ Sequel Pushed to 2022
Universal Pictures is pumping the brakes on the latest “Fast and Furious” entry.

F9,” which was slated to debut over Memorial Day weekend, has pushed back its release date once again. But fear not, adrenaline junkies: the high-octane sequel hasn’t spun too far out; it’s still expected to open this summer on June 25.

Universal also announced that “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” the fifth installment in the “Despicable Me” franchise, has been postponed an entire year. The animated family film was set to open on July 2, 2021, and will now release theatrically on July 1, 2022.

The delays may seem surprising, considering the Biden administration recently announced the U.S. is on track to have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses for “every adult American” by the end of May. At the same time, theaters in New York City, one of the biggest movie markets in the country, have been approved to reopen at limited capacity.
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From the Alamo Drafthouse Bankruptcy to Refusing to Play Disney, It’s All About Exhibitor Survival

From the Alamo Drafthouse Bankruptcy to Refusing to Play Disney, It’s All About Exhibitor Survival
After a devastating 2021, exhibitors are united in their desire for survival. Their approaches are not.

For Alamo Drafthouse, that means Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, closing three locations, and selling out to a private-equity investment group, with Alamo founder Tim League retaining a minority stake.

For Cinemark, it means turning away the opportunity to play Disney’s animated “Raya and the Last Dragon” March 5.

Nearly a year after domestic theaters closed in response to the growing Covid-19 threat, exhibitors face another reckoning: Now What? Their core business of showing movies for profit remains the same, but each theater or chain must also confront its own sets of strengths and weaknesses in order to move forward. That process places them on many different paths.

The Drafthouse reorganization, announced March 4, will allow its 37 owned-and-operated locations (as opposed to their franchises) to operate in the short term, increase their ability to negotiate with landlords, and potentially regroup.
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WandaVision Season 2 Plans Don't Exist Yet Says Director Matt Shakman

WandaVision Season 2 Plans Don't Exist Yet Says Director Matt Shakman
WandaVision Director Matt Shakman has denied any plans for Season 2 of the acclaimed Disney+ series. WandaVision debuted on Disney's streaming platform as Marvel Cinematic Universe's first entry for its Phase 4 slate. WandaVision Season 1 is about to end with a season finale this week; however, it doesn't seem that the show will have a conclusive end. Despite getting down to the last episode, the series still has various questions left unanswered including the mystery behind Monica Rambeau's powers, Evan Peters' Quicksilver, and a possible connection to X-Men Franchise. In such a scenario, leaving the show without any chance of renewal for another season will leave the audience with a cliffhanger.

There's a possibility that the finale will feature a longer episode and try to finish off with most questions answered; yet, one episode to clear off all speculations is not going to be enough. Speaking on Marvel's WandaVision plans for Season 2, Shakman told Collider this.
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Black Panther 2 Director Has Exciting Ideas for Carrying Forward Teases Lupita Nyong'o

Black Panther 2 Director Has Exciting Ideas for Carrying Forward Teases Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o admits that Black Panther 2 will feel "different" without lead star Chadwick Boseman, but Marvel fans should still be satisfied with the upcoming sequel. Although Boseman passed away last year after a four-year battle with cancer, the decision was made to move forward with the planned follow-up movie. Word from Marvel is that Boseman's role won't be recast, nor will he be digitally inserted into the movie.

“It’s going to be different, of course, without our king [Chadwick Boseman] … but I know that all of us are dedicated to reimagining or carrying on his legacy in this new #BlackPanther.” — @Lupita_Nyongohttps://t.co/i9rZzYvW4spic.twitter.com/NcxvWy8rmd

Good Morning America (@GMA) March 3, 2021

What exactly will happen in Black Panther 2 without Boseman remains unclear, but Lupita Nyong'o is confident that the end result will properly honor his legacy. Asked about an update on the sequel on Good Morning America,
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Disney CEO Hints at Shorter Theatrical Windows for Blockbusters in a Post-Lockdown World

Disney CEO Hints at Shorter Theatrical Windows for Blockbusters in a Post-Lockdown World
Hollywood studios have been irrevocably altered by the changes wrought by the 2020 global shutdown of theaters. Online streaming has today become arguably the most important entertainment format in the industry, surpassing cinema halls. Keeping this massive change in view, while speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Conference on Monday, Walt Disney Company chief exec Bob Chapek hinted that there will be no going back to the old method of theatrical distribution.

"I think the consumer is probably more impatient than they've ever been before. Particularly since now they've had the luxury of an entire year of getting titles at home pretty much when they want them. So I'm not sure there's going back, but we certainly don't want to do anything like cut the legs off a theatrical exhibition run... I don't think they'll have much of a tolerance for a title, say, being out of theatrical for months,
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‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ Going Earlier This Summer

‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ Going Earlier This Summer
In a positive sign for exhibition, and NYC reopening this Friday, Sony is moving up their release of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway from June 11 to May 14.

Not only is Sony getting a jump on summer, but it’s clear there is an appetite for family movies as the pandemic calms; i.e. last weekend Warner Bros. theatrical release of Tom & Jerry overperformed with a $14.1M opening weekend — and that’s with a same-day release on HBO Max.

The hope is that by Easter weekend, the Los Angeles county theaters will be open, however, that’s on pure industry speculation.

The first Peter Rabbit debuted in 2018 and ultimately grossed $351M WW. Filmmaker Will Gluck returned to direct the sequel.

Currently, Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow is still dated for May 7, as summer’s theatrical opener. Tbd whether that sticks or not as it relies on a number of foreign markets also being open.
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Netflix ‘Enthusiastic’ About Shrinking Theatrical Windows: ‘It’s What Consumers Want’

Netflix ‘Enthusiastic’ About Shrinking Theatrical Windows: ‘It’s What Consumers Want’
In what will be a shock to nobody, Netflix seems pretty jazzed up that the theatrical window appears to be permanently shrinking.

“We’re enthusiastic to see sort of a shift, and maybe enabling more and more of that for both us and for other entertainment options out there,” Netflix COO and chief product officer Greg Peters said Tuesday afternoon during the (virtual) 2021 Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference. “I’m optimistic. And I’m mostly optimistic, because it’s what consumers want… It’s hard to buck that trend for too long. And I think that’s eventually where things go.”

Paramount became the latest studio last week to shorten the exclusive window that theaters get for new movies, which has typically been 90 days. That followed earlier moves by Warner Bros. and Universal last year.

Netflix has for years fought the exhibition industry over day-and-date releases (when
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In Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’, Women Control the Narrative | Women’s History Month

In Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’, Women Control the Narrative | Women’s History Month
Photo: 'WandaVision'/Disney+ Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ does something unprecedented in the superhero genre; it caters to the Female Gaze. What is the Female Gaze, you might ask? Well, in general terms, it is the effort to appeal to a female audience. Think how superhero films usually appeal to the Male Gaze – with scantily clad female heroes, whose sexual prowess are highlighted in objectifying, revealing shots. Even female-led films such as Wonder Woman fall victim to this sensibility – with Gal Gadot being the epitome of beauty standards, flawlessly untouched in battle. Not to excuse Marvel; they’re guilty of this too. Just last year, they were criticized for killing off Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, the only original female Avenger, just as she was starting to get a more three-dimensional stake in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The superhero genre is defined by its male audience – whether that be through story or aesthetics.
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Bob Bakish Thinks the Paramount+ Theatrical-Window Plan Is More ‘Sustainable’ Than Others

Bob Bakish Thinks the Paramount+ Theatrical-Window Plan Is More ‘Sustainable’ Than Others
ViacomCBS President and CEO Bob Bakish said his shortened-theatrical windows plan for new movies is more “sustainable” than others.

Paramount Pictures movies will now have a theatrical window of 45 days, which will be shortened to 30 days for smaller films from the studio, before heading to ViacomCBS’ new SVOD (subscriber video on demand) platform Paramount+. The traditional theatrical window was 90 days, meaning this new approach either halves or cuts by two-thirds the industry’s former longstanding plan.

“I believe that is a sustainable offering. Some of these other film moves that have been made, it’s not clear to me they’re sustainable,” Bakish said on Tuesday. “But this move, it puts the titles in the theaters, so if people want to go and get a big-screen experience, they can do that.”

“If you look at the curve, the degradations on most film titles, they do very list business on post-Day 30 and certainly post-Day 45,” Bakish,
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T.I. Won't Return for Ant-Man 3 Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

T.I. Won't Return for Ant-Man 3 Following Sexual Abuse Allegations
Clifford "T.I." Harris will not be a part of the upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The news follows recent allegations of sexual abuse leveled against T.I. and his wife, with production on the couple's VH1 series T.I. and Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle recently getting suspended. It's not yet clear if T.I.'s omission from Ant-Man 3 is directly related to the controversy or if the story of the sequel simply didn't call for his character to appear.

T.I. appeared in the first Ant-Man movie in 2015 as Dave, a member of Scott Lang's crew and a personal friend of the miniature superhero played by Paul Rudd. The rapper reprised the role in the 2018 sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, helping Scott and his other pals Luis (Michael Peña) and Kurt (David Dastmalchian). While there hadn't been any indication as of yet that T.I.
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Disney CEO Suggests There’s No ‘Going Back’ to Pre-covid Film Releases

Disney CEO Suggests There’s No ‘Going Back’ to Pre-covid Film Releases
As Disney prepares to release “Raya and the Last Dragon” in theaters and as a premium on-demand title this Friday, CEO Bob Chapek says that he thinks the experimentation his studio and others in Hollywood are doing with releasing movies during the pandemic will permanently change the movie business.

“The consumer is probably more impatient than they’ve ever been before,” Chapek said during a Q&a at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference, “particularly since now they’ve had the luxury of an entire year of getting titles at home pretty much when they want them. So, I’m not sure there’s going back. But we certainly don’t want to do anything like cut the legs off a theatrical exhibition run.”

Disney previously released its remake of “Mulan,” initially a March 2020 theatrical release, as a premium title for $29.99 for Disney+ subscribers while Pixar’s “Soul
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Marvel Legends ‘Black Widow’ Red Guardian and Melina Pre-Orders

Marvel Legends ‘Black Widow’ Red Guardian and Melina Pre-Orders
Hasbro is back with another Marvel Monday (#MarvelMonday) reveal, this time tapping the upcoming Black Widow movie that was supposed to be arriving in theaters almost a year ago or just after quarantines began. It is now slated for May 7th, 2021.

Rather than two separate figures we get a 2-Pack of characters from the film with 12 total accessories. The Marvel Legends Series Red Guardian & Melina Vostokoff 2-Pack gets the following description:

"After decades of service, Melina Vostokoff distanced herself from the Red Room. But when Natasha Romanoff returns, Melina and Red Guardian must decide where their allegiance lies."

You can currently pre-order the Marvel Legends Series Red Guardian & Melina Vostokoff 2-Pack at Entertainment Earth. The price is $39.99.

The Marvel Legends Series Red Guardian & Melina Vostokoff 2-Pack release date is targeted for August 2021.
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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: 5 Best Fan Theories (& 5 Hilariously Awful Ones)

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: 5 Best Fan Theories (& 5 Hilariously Awful Ones)
Another Marvel Cinematic Universe series is just around the corner in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will continue the story of the titular characters and show what the world at large became after the events of Avengers: Endgame changed the status of the series.

Related: Black Widow: 10 Unanswered Questions About Natasha Romanoff The Film Needs To Resolve

With the characters having been absent onscreen for such a long time, and the series hyped in the interim, fans have had the time to speculate the storylines that might show up here. To this end, there are theories that have been so well-thought that they are perfect to be incorporated. On the other hand, some are so outlandish that it’s very difficult to see them coming true.
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Eternals Is a Big Risk for Marvel Says Director Chloe Zhao

Eternals Is a Big Risk for Marvel Says Director Chloe Zhao
The upcoming MCU movie Eternals is set to introduce a fresh set of characters from the comics. Nomadland director Chloé Zhao had been tapped to helm the project. In a recent interview, Zhao explained what a big risk Marvel Studios has taken with Eternals by letting her shoot the action scenes on location instead of on a sound stage in front of a green screen as is their usual practice.

"Well, I do think, this is so boring you are going to roll your eyes, but I think Marvel, I think this film is very - I think they took a big risk with this one. I think they're going to surprise you. I hope so... I think this is where Marvel really took the risk that we knew we wanted to shoot on location, because by shooting wide angle lenses on locations it's going to affect how you do visual effects.
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Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman to Star in ‘A Good Person’ For Zach Braff

Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman to Star in ‘A Good Person’ For Zach Braff
Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman are set to star in the drama “A Good Person,” the next film from director Zach Braff.

Braff will write and direct “A Good Person,” which stars Pugh as a woman whose life falls apart after she’s involved in a fatal accident. Years later, she forms an unlikely friendship with Freeman, who plays her would-be father-in-law and helps her lead a life worth living.

“A Good Person” is being introduced to buyers at the virtual Berlin film market. Rocket Science is handling international sales, and CAA Media Finance is arranging financing and will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights.

Braff’s previous film was 2017’s “Going Out in Style,” which also starred Freeman, and he most recently directed an episode of the Apple TV+ comedy series “Ted Lasso.”

Pugh is an Oscar nominee for “Little Women” and is working on Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.
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