Disney Delays Theatrical Release of Soul
Disney Delays the Pixar Movie Soul
With so much unsettled in Hollywood right now, studio executives at The Walt Disney Company continue to shuffle the release dates of their films.
The latest example is Soul, the second Pixar movie of 2020. Disney had initially intended for Soul to come out on June 19th, only three months after Onward.
However, as you know, the Coronavirus outbreak wiped out any hope for Onward to perform well at the box office. The movie earned only $61.6 million in North America and $41.4 million overseas. Its global box office total of $103 million is the lowest ever for a Pixar release.
Somehow, the movie theater situation is even worse now than it was when Onward came out five weeks ago. Most theaters across the country (and around the world) aren’t in operation right now, and they may stay closed for a while.
Soul Will Come Out around Thanksgiving
As such, Disney has wisely decided to delay the theatrical release of Soul, the next Pete Docter movie. The director is a living legend at Pixar, as his previous films include Up, Monsters, Inc, and Inside Out. Yes, all three are true classics.
Disney understandably wants to protect Soul and give the movie every chance to succeed. So, Soul won’t come out on June 19th as expected.
Instead, Disney has moved the film back to the lucrative Thanksgiving period. Soul will now debut in theaters on November 20th.
As part of the shuffle, Raya and the Last Dragon, previously scheduled for November 25th, will now become a 2021 release. Disney has scheduled it for March 12th, 2021.
Don’t feel that bad for Raya and the Last Dragon, though. That’s the same timeframe when Disney launched Captain Marvel and Zootopia, both of which were blockbusters.