In major film industry news today, Warner Brothers has decided to premiere all of their 2021 releases on HBO Max as well as in theaters.

Written by: Haley Mendoza – December 3rd, 2020 10:48 pm pst

All 2021 films will be released on HBO Max

Credit: Warner Bros.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Warner Bros. has announced all their 2021 film releases will premiere on HBO Max the same day they premiere in theaters. 

The news announced just this morning comes as a surprise to moviegoers and industry professionals everywhere. The releases will be available to subscribers on HBO Max for no extra fee, leaving fans wondering if the movie ticket price and risk are still worth it. 

Warner Bros.’ upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be released on December 25th and is the first of their films to use this model. Releasing on HBO Max as well as in theaters, it will be interesting to see the data on ticket sales versus streaming views.

In the new year, fans can look forward to 17 more film titles to release in this model. These include Dune, The Suicide Squad, In the Heights, Tom and Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, King Richard, Space Jam a New Legacy, Mortal Kombat, and more. These releases are some of the most anticipated films of next year.  

What does this mean for the future of moviegoing? 

What this news could mean is that major studios are now recognizing and adapting to the dominance of streaming platforms in today’s age. It could also mean that more movie fans will turn to watch new releases at home rather than in person – with or without the pandemic. If Warner Bros. continues to release films virtually even when theatres are deemed safe, fans may still want to watch from home due to convenience. For perspective, HBO Max currently runs for $14.99/month and includes access to hit movies, TV shows, and originals. Whereas a single movie ticket price could be roughly the same price and sometimes even more. 

Some critics have disapproved of this move, warning the lack of ticket sales could cause immense damage to the blockbuster industry. However, only time will tell how other studios retaliate to this news and what fans will prefer.

How do you prefer to watch new releases? Do you want to watch from the comfort of your own home or are you a classic theatre-goer? Let us know by tweeting us @AfterbuzzTV!

About The Author:

Haley Mendoza is a lover of all things film and TV. Whether you want to bond over horror movies or competition shows, she’s always down. Haley attends Emerson College, pursuing a degree in Media and Visual Arts and writing scripts in her spare time.

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