AMC Theatres, Warner Bros Agree to Exclusive 45-Day Window for 2022 Films

AMC Theatres, Warner Bros Agree to Exclusive 45-Day Window for 2022 Films

Studio already has a similar deal with Cineworld

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AMC Theatres on its earnings call Monday announced that it has set a deal on a shortened theatrical window with Warner Bros., agreeing to exclusively release their films for 2022 in a 45-day window.

Warner Bros. already had a similar deal for 45 days for its 2022 films with Cineworld, but the news should come as reassuring to theater owners in preserving a theatrical window after Warner Bros. this year experimented with opening its full 2021 slate in theaters and on HBO Max for one month day-and-date. At the time the day-and-date strategy was announced, Warner Bros. said it was a one-year experiment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the window deal is a sign they are holding to that promise.

Among the films set for release by Warner Bros. next year are the DC films “The Batman,” “Black Adam,” “The Flash” and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” The studio also plans to release the Baz Luhrmann biopic “Elvis” starring newcomer Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

“It’s especially gratifying that Warner Bros is yet again embracing a theatrical window,” Aron said on the earnings call. “For us at AMC, it’s especially pleasing to be working so harmoniously with Warner Bros. once again. We’re in active dialog with every major studio on this topic. We’re hearing considerable support that an exclusive theatrical window is an important way to build a successful movie franchise.”

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