Monday, June 17, 2024

Disney Genius Move: “Frozen II” with Elsa and Friends Coming to Streaming On Sunday, Three Months Early


Disney is getting with the program.

They’re bringing “Frozen II,” a smash hit, to Disney Plus streaming this Sunday, three months early/ Smart move! They realize everyone’s home, no one’s going out, and why wait?

“Frozen II” has made $477 million in the US and $1.5 billion worldwide. Its theatrical run, which began in November, is done. This plan will draw customers to Disney Plus in droves.

What Disney should do next is put the three movies they just pulled from release on Disney Plus as well. “Mulan,” especially, makes sense there. So does “The New Mutants.”

Of course, this will anger theater companies, which are already suffering from Virus Panic. But they’ll get “Black Widow” from Disney, and those three — including “Antlers”– are probably best suited to streaming.

Will other studios follow suit now and quick-release some big hits for streaming, You bet. The corona virus may claim theaters as its real victim, in the long run.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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