Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), with its first case being identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019; subsequently it has spread across the world, resulting in the World Health Organization declaring it a pandemic in March 2020.

It has since heavily impacted society, with one example of this being its effect on the film industry and cinema as a whole. Lockdown restrictions in many countries around the world had prevented both theaters from operating and discouraged audiences from going to theaters and therefore, resulting film releases to have been postponed from their original release dates[1], movie theaters to have been closed indefinitely[2], and the worldwide box office has plummeted in terms of money by billions of dollars[3]; meanwhile, films such as Onward released digitally early[4] and bombed at the box office[5].

However, Spider-Man: No Way Home, was released in December 2021, and it reached over one billion dollars despite the pandemic, marketing the first pandemic era film to reach a billion-dollar mark.

List of delayed movies

  • Cannes Film Festival - Pushed to 2021, which caused huge controversy and boycott's prior to the 93rd Academy Awards's release date and as one of the reasons for the 93rd Academy Awards's huge failure and its first commercial failure.
  • Mulan (2020) - Pushed to July 24, 2020, before it pushed again to August 21, 2020, before being pulled off the theatrical releases indefinitely and then going to Disney+ for $30 (via Premier Access).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) - Was going to release in China and Japan, the latter on March 27, 2020.
  • No Time To Die - Was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was postponed until September 30, 2021 in the UK and October 8 in the US.
  • A Quiet Place Part II - It was pushed to September 17, 2021, though thankfully moved back to May 28, 2021.
  • Malignant (2021) - originally scheduled to be released in the United States on August 14, 2020, removed from the release schedule in March 2020, before being re-dated on September 10th 2021.
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway - Pushed to June 11, 2021.
  • The New Mutants - Pushed to August 28, 2020.
  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw - originally scheduled to be released in October 23, 2020, but was pushed to May 15, 2020, then May 14, 2021
  • The Hunt - Released to digital platforms.
  • Scoob! - Released to digital platforms.
  • Dune - Originally released on December 18, 2020, before pushed to October 1, 2021, and later, October 22, 2021.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run - Released in theatres in Canada on August 14, 2020, on November 5 via Netflix everywhere else except China and America, and released on Paramount+ (new name for CBS All Access), video-on-demand, and digital retailers in America on March 4, 2021.
  • Candyman - Pushed to August 27, 2021.
  • Antlers (2021) - was originally scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020, but was pushed to February 19, 2021, then October 28, 2021.
  • The Matrix Resurrections - Was going to be released on May 21, 2021, however, it was pushed to April 1, 2022, and was eventually changed to December 22, 2021.
  • John Wick: Chapter 4 - Pushed to May 27, 2022.
  • Wonder Woman 1984 - Released in theatres and digital platforms on December 25, 2020.
  • F9 - Pushed to April 2, 2021, then May 28, and June 25, 2021.
  • Uncharted - Pushed to February 18, 2022.
  • Soul - Originally scheduled for theaters on June 19, 2020, then pushed to November 20, 2020, before being moved to Disney+ on December 25, 2020 (Christmas).
  • In the Heights - Pushed to June 18, 2021.
  • The Lovebirds - Moved to Netflix; scheduled to release on May 15, 2020.
  • Black Widow - Pushed to November 6, 2020, then May 7, 2021, and finally to July 9, 2021 simultaneously for Disney+ release.
  • Greyhound - Released on Apple TV+
  • My Little Pony: A New Generation - Moved from Paramount's release to Netflix's release.
  • My Spy - Released on Prime Video, although this got a theatrical release in some countries months prior.
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru - originally released on July 3, 2020, but pushed back on July 2, 2021 and then July 1, 2022.
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Pushed to March 5, 2021, then June 12, 2021 and finally to November 19, 2021.
  • Raya and the Last Dragon - Released in theatres and digital platforms on March 5, 2021.
  • Tenet - Pushed to July 31, 2020, before it pushed again to August 12, 2020, before it pushed once again on August 26, 2020, in the United Kingdom and September 3, 2020, in the United States
  • Godzilla vs. Kong'' - Pushed to May 21, 2021 then moved up to March 26, 2021, before later to March 31, 2021.
  • The Bob’s Burgers Movie - Pushed to April 9, 2021, then to May 27, 2022.
  • Trolls: World Tour - Released to limited theaters and digital platforms.
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - Pushed to June 4, 2021.
  • Artemis Fowl - Released on Disney+ on June 12, 2020.
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines - Pushed from its original September 18 and October 20, 2020 release dates to an unspecified 2021 date, and the movie has since been sold to Netflix, rendering it's theatrical release cancelled. It was later released on April 30, 2021.
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music - Released in theaters and on digital platforms on August 28, 2020.
  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage - Originally set to be released on October 2, 2020, but was forced to postpone to June 25, 2021, and then to September 24, 2021 and finally to October 1, 2021.
  • The One And Only Ivan - Released on Disney+.
  • Halloween Kills - Originally set to be released on October 16, 2020, but pushed to October 15, 2021.
  • Morbius - Originally set to be released on July 2020, but pushed to March 19, 2021, before January 28, 2022, and then finally to April 1, 2022
  • Tom & Jerry - Originally set to be released on December 23, 2020, but pushed to March 5, 2021, before February 26, 2021.
  • Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One - Formerly set to be released on July 23, 2021, but pushed to November 19, 2021, possibly due to production being put on hold during the pandemic, and then to May 27, 2022, and then to September 30, 2021, and then finally to July 14, 2023. Part Two was also delayed to November 4, 2022, formally set to be released on August 5, 2022, and then postponed to July 7, 2023 and then to June 28, 2024.
  • Jurassic World: Dominion - Pushed to June 10, 2022.
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Pushed to October 7, 2022, and then to June 2, 2023.
  • The French Dispatch - Pushed to October 16, 2020, before October 22, 2021.
  • Pokémon the Movie: Coco - It was originally set to be released in theatres in Japan on July 10, 2020, but was pushed to December 25, 2020 in Japan.
  • Top Gun: Maverick - Originally released on June 24, 2020, but pushed to December 23, 2020, before it pushed again to July 2, 2021, In April 2021, the film was delayed once again to November 19, 2021, and finally, to May 27, 2022.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O: Pretty Den-O Appears - originally scheduled for release in Japan on April 24, 2020, as part of the Toei Manga Festival, postponed by Toei until August 14, 2020.
  • Mashin Sentai Kiramager The Movie: Bee-Bop Dream - originally set to be released on July 23, 2020, but was postponed, and was pushed back to Spring of 2021, and revealed the date to February 20, 2021, in Super Sentai Movie Ranger 2021 along with other films are Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger The Movie: Red Battle! All Sentai Appear!! and Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Special Chapter: Memory of Soulmates.
  • Kamen Rider Zero-One: The Movie - originally set to be the same release date as Mashin Sentai Kiramager: The Movie, but was postponed, and pushed to December 18, 2020.
  • Stand by Me Doraemon 2 - was originally scheduled to be released on August 7, 2020, but was postponed until November 20, 2020.
  • Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur - pushed to August 7, 2020.
  • Crayon Shin Chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes - originally going to release on April 24, 2020, but was pushed to September 11, 2020.
  • Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet - was originally going to release on April 17, 2020, but was pushed to April of 2021.
  • Soreike Anpanman! Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country - was originally going to release on June 26, 2020, but was pushed to the Summer of 2021.
  • Shimajirou to Sora Tobu Fune - was originally going to release on February 28, 2020, but was pushed to the Spring of 2021.
  • Ultraman Taiga The Movie - was originally going to release on March 6, 2020, but was postponed until August 7, 2020.
  • The Beatles: Get Back - was originally going to release on September 4, 2020, but pushed back to August 27, 2021, and pushed back again to November 25, 2021 for a three-part documentary on Disney+.
  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga'' - was initially scheduled for a May 2020 release to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, Eurovision was canceled and it digitally released on Netflix on June 26th, 2020.
  • The Empty Man: was originally going to be released in theaters on August 7, 2020, but was delayed to December 4, 2020, before being pushed forward to October 23, 2020.
  • Think Like a Dog - Released on VOD.
  • Coming 2 America - was originally going to be released in theaters by Paramount Pictures in the United States and Canada on August 7, 2020, and then pushed back to December 18, 2020, before the pandemic began, the film's domestic distribution rights were sold to Amazon Studios on October 13th, 2020, and it was digitally on Prime Video on March 5, 2021, excluding countries where Paramount will handle theatrical distribution.
  • Jackass Forever - was originally set for production and scheduled for release on March 5, 2021, delayed to July 2, 2021, in Spring 2020, and delayed again to September 3, 2021, in July 2020, before once again for October 22, 2021, and finally, to Febuary 4, 2022.
  • Lupin III: The First - Pushed on October 18, 4 months after the nomination at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
  • Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary - Like Lupin III: The First which was also nominated at the Annecy international film festival, it was pushed 4 days before Lupin.
  • Nahuel and the Magic Book /Nahuel y el Libro Magico - Pushed to early 2022, which is WAY more farther than Calamity and Lupin.
  • Minecraft - Delayed from it's March 4, 2022 release date to indefinite.
  • Luca - Released on Disney+ on June 18, 2021.
  • The Loud House Movie - Although no effects from the pandemic, it was released on Netflix in all countries on August 20, 2021.
  • Turning Red - Released on Disney+ on March 11, 2022. It also has an international theatrical run in countries without the streaming service

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