Warner Bros., Disney and Sony suspend theatrical releases in Russia

Major Hollywood studios Warner Bros., Disney and Sony announced that they will stop the exits of their next movies in Russia over the invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis.

The Walt Disney Co. said Monday it was suspending the release of cinema movies in Russia, from with Pixar Animation Studios’ next release, “Turning Red.” In hoursWarnerMedia said it would pause this week’s release of “The Batman” in Russia.

“We’ll do future business decisions based on developments,” Disney said. in A declaration. “In the meantime, given the magnitude of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide emergency aid and other forms of humanitarian assistance.

Given the pursuit military action in Ukraine, “we will suspend our planned theatrical releases in Russia, including upcoming release of “Morbius,” a Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson said. in a statement sent by email.

Over the weekend, the Ukrainian Film Academy created a online petition calling for a international boycott of Russian cinema and the Russian film industry following the invasion.

Russia is an important market for Hollywood, accounting for 601 millions of dollars in the box office in 2021, i.e. approximately 2.8% of worldwide ticket sales, which totaled $21.4 billion last yearaccording to Comscore.

Several great films are planned for global release, “The Batman”, scheduled to open in Russia on March 3 as part of of a world-out roll “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” from Paramount Pictures, which makes son global debut on April 8.

WarnerMedia said it would continue to monitor the situation pending “a speedy and peaceful resolution to this tragedy.”

A Hollywood trade flagged post studio the frames are wrestling with the Russian question, while the United States and its European allies adopt economic sanctions.

“If the United States and its allies want to cut off The rest of Russia of the worldthen how would we go ahead and release our movies the?” one studio executive told The Hollywood Reporter.

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