Monday, June 17, 2024

Disney Cancels Christmas Box Office, Moving “Death on the Nile” and Ryan Reynolds Film to Sometime, 2021


Disney has cancelled Christmas. At the box office.

The Mouse House has moved Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile” and the Ryan Reynolds movie “Free Guy” to sometime in 2021. They were supposed to open on December 11th and 18th respectively.

This leaves only one big movie set for December 25th, “Wonder Woman 1984,” from Warner Bros. But that will be moved to 2021, as well.

The only other big release for December is Tom Hanks in “News of the World” from Universal. That will have to be moved, too. I can’t believe Tom Hanks will let two of his films– the first was “Greyhound”– be sent to streaming or into the abyss in the same year. His agents are too good for that.

Otherwise, the balance of November and December will have some Oscar fare, indie films, smaller releases like “Nomadland” and “One Night in Miami.”

The real victims are the owners of movie theaters. But it’s hoped if we get a Biden administration on January 20th they will bring relief for these businesses.


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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