The movie industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The latest movie to get pushed back is Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan.
Mulan, based on the ’90s Disney animated hit, was set to come out on March 27, and there is no new release date for the film.
Mulan postponed due to coronavirus
Variety reported the news that Mulan was no longer hitting theaters this month.
While there are a lot of people who don’t understand why the movies are being pushed back for the coronavirus, those people don’t understand the very real effect it is having on the world in general.
While there have only been 39 deaths in the United States, there are over 827,000 people quarantined in Beijing, China. An estimated 100 people were dying every day from coronavirus there.
As a result, China shut down the country. Businesses were shuttered, and movie theaters were closed down until further notice.
That is what people in America have to understand. When it comes to the money Hollywood makes in the movie industry, the United States means little in the grand scheme of things.
The last movie in The Fast Saga, The Fate of the Furious, made a total of $1.2 billion. However, $1.03 billion of that came internationally, meaning the United States moviegoers only counted for 18 percent of the total money it made.
The movie made $392 million in China. It made over $16 million in Italy, which is also shut down right now.
If released on schedule, F9 would expect to lose up to $500 million or more at the international box office.
That is why F9 was postponed until next year, to ensure that the film can make the maximum profit it possibly can. The same thing goes for the postponement of films like the next James Bond movie No Time to Die and, yes, Mulan.
Mulan was expected to make Disney a lot of money in China and other areas of Asia.
Other movies postponed
Two other movies were also removed from their release dates, and it could mark the death of one of them.
The X-Men spin-off movie The New Mutants was pushed back. This was a Fox production from before Disney purchased the company and was supposed to be the last movie for the franchise before Disney/Marvel rebooted it.
It has been pushed back several times and there is a chance it never sees the big screen after this.
The New Mutants is based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. In the comics, they were the young students that hoped to one day become X-Men. In the movie trailers, it appears they are mutants held captive and experimented on.
The other movie pushed off was Antlers, a sci-fi horror film by Scott Cooper with Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons starring. The film is about a young boy who keeps a supernatural creature hidden in his house.