Is Paramount's Updated 2020 Release Slate A Sign Of Hope?

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Kyle Brester
April 2, 2020
by Kyle Brester
A Quiet Place
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Earlier today, Paramount Pictures announced a few of their summer releases to be pushed back in the fall. On top of that, they have announced that A Quiet Place Part II will have a new release date for 2020. Variety reports that Paramount has made these changes hoping everything returns to a state of normalcy in late summer. Here are the newest releases:

  • A Quiet Place Part II - September 4th, 2020
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run - Was May 22nd, 2020 and now is set for July 31st, 2020
  • Top Gun: Maverick - Was June 24th, 2020 and now is set for December 23rd, 2020
  • The Tomorrow War - Was December 25th, 2020 and now is undated

Theater owners may now be wondering if this is a clear-cut sign that they can open their doors again by late-summer. Personally, I wouldn't say its crystal clear, but rather an optimistic estimation. It's hard to say when the Coronavirus pandemic will end, and still very possible that we have to wait beyond late summer. Even though studios like Paramount will hope theaters reopen by then, there is still the issue of just how quickly audiences will return in a normal quantity. I do believe that waiting for that normal number won't take too long, but it will be a short and painful period waiting for the normal amount of theater-goers to return. Regardless, studios with high-budget movies will want as much money as they can from theaters and will want any sort of box office success once they reopen.

For right now, theater owners can look at these dates as a silver lining to make up their losses for the first half of 2020, but should not think that this is exactly when they can open their doors again.
Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick - Paramount Pictures
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A Quiet Place - Paramount Pictures
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