Warner Bros. has struck a deal with Cineworld over its theatrical roll-out of movies in 2022. The world’s second largest cinema chain, which owns Regal theaters in the US, will have an exclusive 45-day window to show the studio’s films.
As reported by Deadline, Warner’s movie will open exclusively in Regal theaters in the US in 2022, and, providing they open to a mutually agreed box office threshold, they can stay there for 45 days. This threshold has not been revealed, but it will possibly change, depending on the movie. Big Warner movies currently scheduled for release in 2022 include The Batman, Aquaman 2, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3.
What happens to the movies after 45 days hasn’t been confirmed yet, but a release on HBO Max seems likely. Throughout 2021, Warner is releasing its films simultaneously to HBO Max and into theaters. However, the studio has stated that this will only be for a year, and the Cineworld deal confirms its intention to continue with a theatrical model, albeit with a drastically reduced window.
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