‘Shang-Chi’ & ‘Free Guy’ Sticking To Theatrical Window This Summer; Will Hit Streaming After 45 Days

We've heard from industry sources that the whole theatrical/Disney+ model was temporary for the studio as it is looking to reignite its movies on the big screen as the year progresses.
Shang-Chi will bow September 3. Free Guy has been set for an August 13 wide release.
Disney confirmed during a call to discuss its second-quarter earnings Thursday that, yes, the studio will be sticking to a purely theatrical window for some of its upcoming features.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said during the call while running through the summer slate that the theatrical window move for the two pic come amid a "more normalized cycle" in the exhibition sector, which continues to ramp up after being decimated during the pandemic.
While the studio, due to the continued closure of offshore markets, has opted for a day-and-date theatrical/Disney+ Premier ($29.99) release of Cruella (May 28), Marvel's Black Widow (July 9) and the Dwayne Johnson-Emily Blunt starrer Jungle Cruise (July 30), the 20th Century Studios title Free Guy (April 13) starring Ryan Reynolds and Marvel's Labor Day entry Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be getting a theatrical window of 45 days before hitting Disney+.
Dwayne Johnson Movie ‘Jungle Cruise’ Hitting Theaters & Disney+ Premier This Summer
That's good news for exhibition companies, some of which have been fighting Disney on stiff terms for those day-and-date theatrical-Disney+ Premier releases. chain made peace with Disney and is now booking simultaneous theatrical/Disney+ fare.” /> 3 U.S. However, the No. Cinemark recently didn't play Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon, which had a day-and-date release during its opening weekend back in March.

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