Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema

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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, 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. Film releases have been postponed from their original release dates[1], movie theaters 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].

List of delayed movies

  • 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.
  • 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 worldwide until October 8, 2021.
  • A Quiet Pace Part II - It was ushed to September 17 2021, though thankfully moved back to May 28, 2021.
  • Malignant (upcoming film) - 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.
  • SCOOB! - Released to digital platforms.
  • 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 (upcoming film) - was originally scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020, but was pushed to February 19, 2021, then October 28, 2021.
  • The Matrix 4 - 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 - Was released in theatres and digital platforms on December 25, 2020.
  • F9 - Pushed to April 2, 2021, then May 28, and June 25, 2021.
  • Uncharted - Pulled to July 16, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Greyhound - Released on Apple TV+
  • 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 November 11, 2021.
  • Raya and the Last Dragon - Will release 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.
  • Bob’s Burgers: The Movie - Pushed to April 9, 2021, then indefinitely.
  • 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+
  • Connected - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tom & Jerry - Originally set to be released on December 23, 2020, but pushed to March 5, 2021.
  • Mission Impossible 7 - 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. Another unnamed film in the franchise was also delayed to November 4, 2022, formally set to be released on August 5, 2022
  • Jurassic World: Dominion - Pushed to June 10, 2022.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 - Pushed to October 7, 2022
  • The French Dispatch - Pushed to October 16, 2020
  • 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 23rd, 2020, before it pushed again to July 2, 2021
  • 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 14th, 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.
  • 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 18th, 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 6th, 2020, but postponed until August 7th, 2020.
  • The Beatles: Get Back - was originally going to release on September 4th, 2020, but pushed back to August 27th, 2021.
  • 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, release it digitally on Prime Video on March 5, 2021, excluding countries where Paramount will handle theatrical distribution.
  • Jackass 4 - 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.
  • 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 which is also got nominated at Annecy, it was pushed 4 days before Lupin.
  • Nahuel and the Magic Book /Nahuel y el Libro Magico - Pushed to Early 2021, which is WAY farther than Calamity and Lupin.
  • Minecraft - Delayed from it's March 4 2022 release date to indefinitely.

References

Comments


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CaptainJ

14 months ago
Score 2
This is real disappointing.
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Cono Jones

13 months ago
Score 7
I always knew 2020 was going to be a terrible year, but i never predicted how horrible it would be!
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X9 The Android

5 months ago
Score 0
Why you always knew that it was going to be a terrible year?
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Athaggard160

13 months ago
Score 3
I didn't know 2020 was going to be a disaster for a beginning of a decade.
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Puar2000

5 months ago
Score 1
Me either. I hope next year would be better
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Stephenfisher2001

5 months ago
Score 2
And hope will be the least decent year for us.
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CaptainJ

13 months ago
Score 7
To me, I thought 2020 was going to be an awesome year since it's the start of the new decade and it was going to be hype. But sadly, all this hype and our lives are forced to be put on hold thank to the pandemic threatening us, therefore making this a disaster.
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S012891

12 months ago
Score 2
That’s pretty much a relief. I thought the Spongebob movie and Scoob will be delayed till next year. Except for Ghostbusters: After life which will be released in theaters till Spring instead of Summer which is pretty disappointing.
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Crs3011

9 months ago
Score 2
Yeah and the only thing i've waited for the SpongeBob movie is the Ren & Stimpy short because i don't want it get cancelled by ending it terribly with APC. Maybe it's fake because there haven't been new announcements about it, especially by Nickelodeon.
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 2
Crs, The Ren & Stimpy short was already cancelled before the pandemic came
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Glitchedblood

12 months ago
Score 1
Essentially this is WW3
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Chang

11 months ago
Score 4
This year sucks
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Spindash101

9 months ago
Score 4
I agree. Thanks a lot coronavirus.
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LeroyManTheFirst

9 months ago
Score 0
Isn’t COVID-19 more important than movies
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Glitchedblood

4 months ago
Score -1
No
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Necropolis

3 months ago
Score 1
No, We need to fight against the pandemic. Period
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FridayMan

7 months ago
Score 4
This whole fucking year is shit, when will the virus end, it might be 2021 but idk
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Larryding

3 months ago
Score 0
The government needs to build a time machine so that we can go back in time and stop COVID and other events that should not have happened.
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DJ2006

7 months ago
Score 3
Still waiting for the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer...
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FreezingTNT

3 months ago
Score 0

It just came out nearly a week ago, as of the time of writing this:

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Yoshiken

6 months ago
Score 2
I hate this!
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Necropolis

6 months ago
Score 4
That's why this year is disappointing
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Roblistic

6 months ago
Score 1
Which is a bigger embarrassment: This whole year, or Super Bowl 51?
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Necropolis

6 months ago
Score 2
The whole year!
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UndertaleGamer1000

6 months ago
Score 0
A whole lot of the year to me because I discovered some good things during it!
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Dr. Nicholback

5 months ago
Score -22
So, basically, Miraheze doesn't care about COVID-19 precautions, that's what this page is trying to say.
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Trevor807

5 months ago
Score 8
Firstly, DON'T BLAME AN ENTIRE SITE. And secondly, you want this page deleted? This is a worldwide pandemic that caused all the theaters to close we're talking about here.
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SporeShroom2007

5 months ago
Score 6
At this point just block him already.
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Necropolis

5 months ago
Score 4
What type of comment is this?!?
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Stephenfisher2001

5 months ago
Score 8

What the hell man?! Why the hell would you insult the page like this!?!

e_e
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Glitchedblood

4 months ago
Score 4
Leroy, you fail at hiding yourself. Why don’t you just fucking give up already?
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DarkMatterMan4500

4 months ago
Score 2
Ummm, you do realize that he's been globally locked ever since.
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JAndTheBigTV

4 months ago
Score 3
What a stupid comment!
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Trevor807

4 months ago
Score 4
Not wise to beat up a dead horse.
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HH!MagicalReviewer

4 months ago
Score 3
2020 in my opinion was decent, this does not apply to the following months April, May, & Summer they all suck, September-December in my opinion was amazing
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Glitchedblood

4 months ago
Score 1
  • laughs* Oh wait you’re serious. Let me laugh even harder. *laughs*
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Rendy4ever

2 months ago
Score 1

@GlitchedBlood please, it's his opinion. yeah, I know 2020 was awful, but, really? -_-

or do you mean something else?
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HH!MagicalReviewer

4 months ago
Score 4
January, February & the first half of March was innocent
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Acapal8893

2 months ago
Score 5
2020 was a horrible year not just for cinema, but also for humanity. Wow, what a great start to a new decade... NOT!
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TheRandomMan12345

21 days ago
Score 1
I don't even know who LeroyManTheFirst is who is he/she
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JAndTheBigTV

one month ago
Score 1
That comment should have been deleted already.
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SuperStreetKombat

one month ago
Score 1
Which comment, the one by Blade07 or the one by Dr. Nicholback? If Dr. Nicholback, then that'd make sense since that was just a sock account of LeroyManTheFirst.
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Blader07

one month ago
Score 1
@SuperStreetKombat i think he's refering for my meme. And i ignored totally LeroyTheManFirst

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