NEW YORK (AP) – Paramount Pictures postponed the release of “Top Gun: Maverick” on Wednesday, sending another of fall’s best films to 2021 due to increased cases of coronavirus and the delta variant.
Instead of opening on November 19, the sequel to “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise, will debut on Memorial Day weekend next year, May 27. In addition, “Mission: Impossible 7” will be postponed from May 27 to September 30 next year.
The postponement is the latest setback in Hollywood’s once hopeful fall film season. The delta push has upset industry plans for some return to normalcy in multiplexes. The theft of “Top Gun: Maverick” follows a similar delay for Paramount’s “Clifford the Big Red Dog”. Paramount also pushed “Jackass Forever” from October 22 to February 4 on Wednesday.
While some studios have hedged their bets with big releases by showing them simultaneously with the release, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures have tried to stay the course of a more traditional theatrical release. Sony previously delayed “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” from September to October 15 due to the increased number of cases. Following Paramount’s announcement, Sony moved “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” from November 11 to 19 on Wednesday.
But several major big-budget releases didn’t leave the fall. Most notably, the MGM and United Artists James Bond film “No Time to Die” is scheduled for release in North America on October 8th.
Until recently, Paramount was preparing to release “Maverick”. Last month, the studio unveiled the film’s first 13 minutes at CinemaCon, the annual exhibitor convention.
Paramount did not keep all of its films. He sold some releases, like “The Tomorrow War”, with Chris Pratt, to streamers. “Infinite,” a poorly rated sci-fi thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, debuted directly on Paramount +. But movies like “Top Gun: Maverick” would normally expect to approach as much as $ 1 billion at the global box office.
Universal’s “F9” grossed more than any other movie during the pandemic, with more than $ 700 million in ticket sales. But most of its revenue came before the delta variant boomed. Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II,” one of the first tent poles to wade into theaters earlier this year, grossed nearly $ 300 million worldwide.
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