One of the most significant decisions any media company made due to the pandemic was WarnerMedia announcing that all of its 2021 movies would debut simultaneously in theaters and on
Speaking with Peter Kafka on a recent episode of Vox’s Recode Media podcast, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said that big, blockbuster movies will go exclusively to theaters again first next year before streaming.
“I think it’s very fair to say that a big, you know, let’s say a big DC movie … it’s very fair to say that that would go exclusively to theaters first and then go to somewhere like an
As Vox points out, this confirmation shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Just weeks ago, Cineworld (which owns Regal) announced that WarnerMedia movies would have a 45-day window of theatrical exclusivity at Regal beginning in 2022. Kilar’s comments suggest this will be the case at other theater chains as well.
So far, Kilar says that he’s happy with his company’s decision to combine theatrical and streaming debuts, citing the $50 million opening weekend for Godzilla vs. Kong in its opening weekend despite its availability on
“There’s no doubt that it was bumpy back in early December of last year,” Kilar said during his podcast appearance. “If I had the chance to do it over again, I think it’s very fair to say that we would have taken a couple more days to see if we could have had even more conversations than we were able to have.”
Several major media companies experimented with bringing movies to their service either instead of or alongside a theatrical release, but with normalcy appearing more obtainable in the not-too-distant future, the