2021 has been much kinder than last year. Because of the vaccines, many studios have felt more comfortable starting to release their most anticipated titles, although not without a bit of uncertainty about what to expect at the box office. One of those who does not want to risk a bit is Paramount, as it has delayed again Mission Impossible 7 and the sequel to Top Gun: Passion and Glory – 54%.
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According to Variety, the Paramount studio has delayed for another four months two of its biggest titles that are yet to be released. One of them is Mission Impossible 7, the next installment in the saga starring Tom Cruise. The other is the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which also stars that same actor. This is for fear that the increase in cases will prevent people from going to theaters this fall and winter.
The new dates look like this: Mission Impossible 7 It goes to September 30, 22, four months later. Top gun 2 will now have its premiere on May 27, 2022 and will no longer arrive in November of this year. The study cites a report from the NRG firm in which 67 percent of attendees feel uncomfortable going to theaters, eleven points less than what was reported last July.
This is a surprise given that Paramount had barely had a panel last week at CinemaCon 2021. In it, they were committed to bringing their films to chain stores. Now we know that it will be like that, but without having to do it this year, as their new calendar shows the concerns they continue to have about not being able to make enough money with their titles.
This is not an exclusive concern of Paramount. Although Disney continues to release Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings – 95% and Eternals, it is known that they will be very attentive to the collection of this film to follow a strategy towards the end of the year. Sony has already delayed once again some of its titles in theaters, such as Venom: Let There Be Carnage. And while Warner has stuck to its simultaneous releases in the United States, there are those who wonder if they are not thus condemning the films to flop at the box office.
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Mission Impossible 7 it is perhaps the one of greatest concern for the studio given that these productions are huge and cost a lot of money. Not only is that, because a sequel had already been confirmed prior to the pandemic and, originally, they had been planned to be shot at the same time and with premieres in consecutive years. Reschedule the entire production for the eighth film, sure nothing came cheap.
We still do not find certainty about when we will return to normal and we will be able to leave the reduced capacity and masks behind. Until then, it will be necessary to see if the study can afford further delays or if it will be forced to continue assuming a box office more in line with the times of the virus. For now, the mission for the rest of us, and it is not optional to take it or not, is to continue to respect health measures and get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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