Finally, movie theaters are returning.
After an extremely cursed year that saw blockbuster movie content all but evaporate, the industry is finally seeing signs of a return, as Godzilla vs. Kong broke all sorts of (pandemic year) records during its first weekend.
As a result of Godzilla vs. Kong‘s success, the various movie studios that run Hollywood seem to finally be committing to release dates for all of their backed-up projects. One of those films, Disney’s Black Widow, recently announced that it would be released on July 9 instead of May 7, and as a result, the film added an extra zero to its domestic box office total.
According to box office site The Numbers, Black Widow‘s move from May 7 to July 9 improved its domestic projection from $45 million total to $170 million. This includes a new projected opening weekend of $63 million. This may not match the MCU’s typical domestic averages of $135 million openings and $371 million in domestic ticket sales during standard times. But remember, just 55% of U.S. movie theaters are currently open and all are operating at reduced capacity.
The box office returns on Black Widow will be fascinating, as the film will also be made available for purchase on Disney+ Premier Access that same day.
Black Widow isn’t the only major Blockbuster due out in the coming Summer months. On April 23, Mortal Kombat will release in theaters and HBO Max. Then, on May 28, both Cruella and A Quiet Place Part II will hit theaters, followed by F9 on June 25, Top Gun: Maverick on June 1, Black Widow on July 9, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on September 3. We’ll be covering all of those films on the Post-Credit Podcast, so make sure to subscribe and check that out.