Movie Theater Owners Blame Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Box Office ‘Collapse’ on Disney Plus Launch variety.com/2021/film/news/movie-theater-owners-black-widow-disney-plus-1235022524/ via @variety
Loki was a fun watch overall, probably the best of the three shows. But hope they get the pacing right in season 2, those episodes dragged a little. Could edit the entire show down to a two-hour movie and not lose anything important
My usual MCU movie question: How much less will I enjoy Black Widow if I have very little MCU background compared to if I had lots? I've seen IW, Endgame, Black Panther...and very little else from the series.
Do people actually hate Arby’s, or is it just a meme? I’ve never had a bad meal there
When will black widow be on Disney plus?
Black Widow will be available to all Disney+ subscribers on October 6th, 2021 for no additional cost. disneyplus.comDisney+
Does Yelena become black widow?
Originally, Yelena was a foe of Natasha Romanova and was sent to kill her, but the two later became allies. ... She reverted to her original codename Black Widow in 2017. Florence Pugh portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with the film Black Widow and the miniseries Hawkeye (both 2021). wikipedia.orgBlack Widow (Yelena Belova)
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Black Widow' Actor O-T Fagbenle Talks Scarlett Johansson & Doing Final Scene | Heat Vision Breakdown
19 July, 2021 - 08:10am
19 July, 2021 - 07:42am
After two hours of comic book action, iconic poses and heartwarming sister moments, Black Widow ends in a bittersweet tone.
However, their reunion is short-lived as Natasha deems it fit to go salvage what is left of her second family, The Avengers. Which well happens to be in shambles at the point. As the movie ends with Natasha jetting into infinity war. We know that'll be the last Yelena will ever see of her after Natasha sacrifices herself for the soul stone on Vomir.
With the post-credits of black widow, we see Yelena visit her sister's grave with a sombre expression of guilt and sedimented rage. And right about then, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, a double agent comes to give her an assignment. The assignment; Clint Barton.
Whom she accuses of being responsible for Natasha's death, which we of course know is false. However, Yelena doesn't. With that unsettled guilt and rage, We should expect a showdown of retribution from a grieving sister, and a grieving friend of the late black widow in the opening scenes of hawkeye.
Yelena might want to take up the last word, as a means of closure to live up to the black widow legacy. I mean, Yelena’s got the skills, the spirit and hilariously gets the iconic pose.
Would you like to see Yelena in a black widow costume in Marvel's phase 4?
Fontaine is setting up a new Avengers team, called ‘The Thunderbolts’.
According to the comics, The Thunderbolts is to consist of, Yelena(The new Black Widow), General Ross as (Red hulk), Taskmaster, Ghost from (Ant-man & The wasp), Baron Zemo, John Walker, and Justice Hammer from (Iron man2)
All led by None other than Clint Barton (Hawkeye).
Perhaps Marvel phase 4 Thunderbolts is what the ‘Hawkeyemini-series is set to trigger. OR,
It's too early to predict as Marvel just has a way of marvelling us with unseen plot twists and a mind-bending interconnected universe system just as executed with the recently concluded LOKI.
Whichever way ‘Black Widow’s ending has set Hawkeye’s mini-series in motion, on an undisclosed official release date, we’ll find out.
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19 July, 2021 - 06:49am
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NATO attributed Black Widow's "stunning collapse in its second weekend in theatrical revenues" to Disney's day-and-date release strategy, which meant the MCU Phase 4 movie was available at home and on the big screen on the same day, July 9. Ultimately, NATO said this decision undermined Black Widow's box office performance.
"Despite assertions that this pandemic-era improvised release strategy was a success for Disney and the simultaneous release model, it demonstrates that an exclusive theatrical release means more revenue for all stakeholders in every cycle of the movie's life," NATO said in a statement provided in a press release this past weekend.
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However, the following weekend, Black Widow fell to the second spot at the box office, having pulled in a total of $26.3 million in the US for the July 16-18 weekend. The movie's box office total suffered a 67 percent decline, which THR noted as "one of the biggest drops ever for a Marvel title, and the worst among the Marvel Cinematic Universe films released by Disney."
Black Widow failed to secure a second weekend at number one after being slam-dunked by LeBron James, Bugs Bunny, and the Tune Squad in Space Jam: A New Legacy, which is also available on HBO Max. The sequel to 1997's Space Jam earned $31.7 million at the US box office, with a further $23 million coming in overseas for a global total of $54.7 million.
"The many questions raised by Disney's limited release of streaming data opening weekend are being rapidly answered by Black Widow's disappointing and anomalous performance," NATO stated. "The most important answer is that simultaneous release is a pandemic-era artifact that should be left to history with the pandemic itself."
NATO also considered how much revenue will be lost to piracy, saying "Black Widow was the most torrented movie for the week ending July 12" because "pristine digital copies became available within minutes of release on Disney+." They highlighted this as being another factor that has no doubt affected Black Widow's box office performance.
Kevin Feige recently reiterated his commitment to the theatrical experience, saying that Marvel makes movies specifically for packed theaters, with every decision made from "the point of view of sitting in a crowded theater." According to THR, Disney has indicated that they will return to a traditional theatrical release model when the pandemic subsides.
Beyond Black Widow, there's a whole slate of Phase 4 movies still to come. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be the next to debut in September, with Eternals in November, and Spider-Man: No Way Home in December. After that, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will premiere, serving as the first Marvel flick of 2022.
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.
‘Black Widow’ At $264M Global, Still No Word On China Release; ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Bows To $55M WW; ‘F9’ Nears $600M – International Box Office
19 July, 2021 - 02:31am
UPDATE: Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow narrowly led the international box office for Hollywood films this weekend, grossing an additional $29.9M from 48 material markets. That’s a 55% drop from opening, which most agree is decent even if there’s no getting around the fact that these are not Marvel-ous numbers. The overseas total is now even with domestic at $132M for $264M global. Contrary to last weekend, Disney did not break out streaming figures this time around.
The Scarlett Johansson-starrer — as did other films this session — had to contend with increased closures in Australia as well as further restrictions in Korea and Japan and fine weather for a change in the UK. It held No. 1s in Brazil, Korea, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK. We’re told the mid-weeks were good and that the -55% is on par with F9’s second weekend drop in the same bucket of markets.
Perhaps the biggest issue now facing Black Widow is its future in South East Asia where most markets are closed, and China, where it has failed to secure a release date thus far. Those are massive Marvel plays and the question remains whether fans will rush out to theaters once, and if it does drop, given it has been widely available to pirates. As Anthony noted, it was the most-pirated movie last week on Torrent Freak.
So far, the top markets are Korea ($19.1M), UK ($15.6M), France ($11.5M), Australia ($7.9M) and Mexico ($7.9M). The IMAX cume is $17.2M worldwide.
In IMAX, Black Widow has taken $17.2M globally including $7M overseas.
IMAX overall hit a new milestone this weekend, overtaking $100M in local-language box office for the year. This is only the second time the format has reached the benchmark — and there are still five months to go in 2021. Toho’s Belle, from filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda’s grossed $780K from 38 screens in Japan. Also helping drive IMAX to the century mark, Bona’s Chinese Doctors added $2M to its total, which now stands at $5.5M and counting. Chinese Doctors was the top grossing movie of the weekend internationally with $44.3M and a cume in China of $137M+.
Vin Diesel & crew were seen on a giant beach screen Monday night during a well-attended Cannes Film Festival preview. The movie went on to score the best Wednesday opening of the pandemic era in France with $3M (Wednesday was also a national holiday for Bastille Day), the top Universal live-action debut and, including previews, was on par with both Fast 7 and The Fate Of The Furious. The weekend’s $9.4M beat Black Widow for best pandemic era launch. Germany, which recently reopened, welcomed the Toretto family with $6.8M for the best post-Covid start, despite severe flooding in the west. The UK is rounding $20M this week while Mexico has topped $24M and Brazil $10M. Still to come are Japan and Italy.
Next weekend adds France, Spain and Chile. A China date has not yet been confirmed (a July 16 date that had been floated was erroneous, we’ve been told) and the hope is for August after the July blackout ceases. China would be a key play for the movie given its love of basketball.
Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age hit the UK this session, landing $1M at 604 locations with the market overall affected by the nice weather. Italy scored the biggest pandemic era animation opening at $900K. In total, the sequel added $6.4M in 52 markets, good for just a 20% drop and a $132.7M international cume. Global is $191.2M.
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