Today Warner Bros. has shocked the movie world by announcing that all their new movies coming in 2021 will be in both theaters and on HBO Max! When new films are on HBO Max, they will only be there for a month, which is still enough time to watch it.
Heres’ there official post from HBO Max:
Here’s a list of films coming in 2021:
|Mortal Kombat||Jan 15|
|The Little Things||Jan 29|
|Tom and Jerry||Mar 5|
|The Many Saints of Newark||Mar 12|
|Godzilla vs. Kong||May 21|
|The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It||Jun 4|
|In the Heights||Jun 18|
|Space Jam: A New Legacy||Jul 16|
|The Suicide Squad||Aug 6|
|King Richard||Nov 19|
|Matrix 4||Dec 22|
|Judas and the Black Messiah||TBA|
|Those Who Wish Me Dead||TBA|
This was a huge power move from WB! I said time and time again that releasing films digital is the way to go. With WB releasing new films on HBO Max by just subscribing to the service, it makes me wonder what other studios will do, especially Disney. I love Disney, but I would rather pay for a subscription and be available for a limited time than pay $30 for a film that will still come on Disney Plus.
Do I think this will kill theaters? No, but it’s a big blow. If the pandemic wasn’t happening, I would still pay for a ticket to watch a big film in IMAX. Regardless, as of now, this is the best way to release films to earn profit both digitally and in theaters.