January 20, 2022

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Following the success of “Shang-chi,” other Disney films will be released exclusively in theatres

With the success of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” at the box office in the United States, Hollywood company Disney has stated that its next films, including “Eternals,” will be given an exclusive theatrical window.

The company stated in a statement that “Eternals,” one of the year’s most anticipated films, as well as Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” adaptation and the long-awaited “Kingsman” prequel “The King’s Man,” will play in US theatres for 45 days before becoming available for streaming on Disney Plus.

The last duel, directed by Ridley Scott, will be released on October 15, and the animated film “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” will be released on October 22, both with an exclusive 45-day theatrical window.

The Disney-owned Marvel Studios superhero tentpole “Eternals” will be released on November 5, while “West Side Story” will be released on December 10.

The film “The King’s Man,” which has been repeatedly postponed, will be released on December 22.

The studio also announced that Walt Disney Animation Studios’ musical “Encanto” will be released in theatres on November 24 for a 30-day limited theatrical run before being released on Disney Plus on December 24.

“We are excited to update our theatrical plans for the remainder of 2021, following the extraordinary box office performance of our summer films, which includes five of the top eight domestic releases of the year,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

“As people’s trust in coming to the movies grows, we’re excited to amuse them in theatres while also giving our Disney+ subscribers the gift of Encanto this holiday season,” he added.

According to Variety, Disney has also set fresh release dates for its films from several departments. The Searchlight Pictures movie “Nightmare Alley,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, has been pushed back from December 3 to December 17.

It will face off against Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ co-production “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

On May 26, 2023, Disney will release a live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid,” starring Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy. On May 27, 2022, “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” based on the animated television series of the same name, will be released.