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Warner Brothers make deal with Cineworld/Regal to ensure 2022 movies will hit cinemas exclusively before home release

March 23rd, 2021 by Marc Comments

With the news that Matt Reeves’ The Batman finished filming last week (yay!), we’re now wondering what state Warner Brothers cinema releases will be in next year after the disaster that 2020 was and, let’s be honest, 2021 is well on the way to being.

With Warner Brothers simultaneously releasing this year’s movies on HBO Max and the big screen, will we be in a similar situation next year?

Well, no… thankfully.

Before that damned virus, move home releases had to be at least 90 days after their cinematic releases but we’ve seen that go to hell this year with Warner Bros’ debuting on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time but after 31 days, the films leave HBO Max and head back to cinemas for 31 days.

However, in 2022 Warners and Cineworld in the UK have reached a deal so movies will be exclusive to cinemas for 31 days unless a film meets certain targets, and then it could be extended to 45 days and in the US – where the deal is struck with Regal Cinemas, a division of Cineworld – the deal will be 45 days.

It’s not as big a window as pre-covid and it’s still bad news for cinemas, but it is, at least, a little ray of sunshine and, as the world continues to be a madhouse, that’s the best we get. For now.

Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger said: “We are very happy for the agreement with Warner Bros. This agreement shows the studio’s commitment to the theatrical business and we see this agreement as an important milestone in our 100-year relationship with Warner Bros.”

It is widely speculated that, while the deal is only with this one chain at the minute, it’s likely this will be similar to how things will be moving forward for other chains.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….