‘Shang-Chi,’ ‘Free Guy’ Will Only Play in Theaters for 45 Days Before Streaming

13) are Disney's first pure theatrical releases since the 20th Century film "The New Mutants" on Aug. 28. "Shang-Chi" (which opens on Sept. Otherwise, the company has either sent its features straight to streaming on Disney Plus (as with Pixar's "Soul" in December and "Luca" this June), or debuted them simultaneously in theaters and via "Premium Access" VOD on Disney Plus (as with "Mulan" in September, "Cruella" on May 28, "Black Widow" on July 9, and "Jungle Cruise" on July 30). 3) and "Free Guy" (Aug.
But both films will only play in theaters for 45 days before transitioning to streaming. Marvel Studios' "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" and 20th Century's "Free Guy" will open in movie theaters exclusively, Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced during a Q2 earnings call on Thursday.
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The decision is the final nail in the coffin for the traditional 90-day exclusive theatrical window that had been the industry standard for decades before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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