By moving TOP GUN: MAVERICK to next Memorial Day, Paramount just did Disney & Sony a big favor.
Within minutes of Skydance’s Tom Cruise sequel giving up its 11/19 date, Sony grabbed it for BRON’s sequel GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE, which was going to open 11/11. The original plan would have had TGM (pictured) arrive in GA’s 2nd weekend, competing for ticket sales & gobbling up a great many valuable IMAX and other large format screens.
With GA on 11/19, its second weekend (11/24) is now the 5 day Thanksgiving frame when moviegoing typically expands. GA will benefit from not having to fight a mega-tentpole like TGM — although it will be in a crowded event titles marketplace with Disney’s animated comedy adventure ENCANTO, Sony/Constantin’s horror sequel RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACOON CITY & MGM/UAR/BRON’s crime thriller HOUSE OF GUCCI.
Disney will benefit from TGM exiting & GA going to 11/19 because its 11/5 opening of Marvel’s action adventure “ETERNALS” will no longer have GA arriving in its 2nd weekend. At this point, its only new wide competition will be Focus Features’ Oscar contender drama BELFAST, written & directed by Kenneth Branagh.