Disney announces the end of new releases from Russia

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it is suspending the release of its upcoming films in Russia – including the latest Pixar film – in protest against its invasion of Ukraine.

“Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are suspending the theatrical release of films in Russia, including Pixar’s upcoming ‘Turning Red’,” a spokesperson said. Disney.

“We will make future business decisions as the situation evolves. In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide emergency assistance and other forms of humanitarian assistance to refugees.

Disney is the first of the major studios to release its films from Russia. It’s unclear exactly how long the company expects new releases to be in the country.

Warner Brothers, meanwhile, still plans to release Matt Reeves’ highly anticipated “The Batman,” on its scheduled release date Thursday, according to Deadline.

A search of Moscow cinema showtimes shows that Batman tickets will go on sale from Thursday as planned.

Deadline reported that Russian cinemas likely already have the digital cinema package that includes the film, and it’s likely too late and not financially viable to pull off after its marketing campaign.

“The Batman” still has schedules for theaters in Moscow.
Jonathan Olley
A threshold from the movie Batman.
Universal Studios has contractually entered into with Warner Bros. to release “The Batman” in Russia.
Jonathan Olley

Additionally, Universal Studios has contractually entered into with Warner Bros. to release “The Batman” in Russia, the outlet reported.

Russia’s overseas cinema market brought in $445 million in 2021 per Box Office Mojo, up 83% from 2020, Deadline reported. In 2013, it grossed nearly $1.3 billion.

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