While restaurants, retail businesses, and gyms were all able to open in early summer following the COVID-19 mandated shutdown, movie theaters remained closed.
Summer is arguably the most important season for movie theaters, as the biggest blockbusters are typically released when kids are out of school, but theater chains were not able to capitalize.
Not only did studios push their movies to later dates for fear of not making enough money due to the global pandemic, but theaters themselves didn’t open for safety reasons.
But, after nearly six months of the shutdown, theaters have started to re-open towards the end of August and welcomed patrons back with Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster, Tenet.
While the movie has done well overseas, where COVID-19 is a bit more under control, Tenet grossed about $20 million in its first week in theaters in the United States.
Though this number may seem very low for a major blockbuster by a big-time director, theaters are running at limited capacity and Warner Brothers, which put out the film, is hoping the movie will build up steam over time.
So, now that we’ve already received Tenet and it appears to have made a decent amount of money, all things considered, it’s time to look at what other movies will be coming out later this year.
It’s tough to say whether or not these films’ release dates will hold, but for now, there are a handful of great films to look forward to. Scroll down to see what you can expect for the rest of 2020 in theaters.
Antebellum (September 17): Starring Janelle Monae, this horror film appears to juggle back and forth between present-day and the Civil War.
Ava (September 24): This film stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin who has to fight for her life after she breaks protocol.
Wonder Woman 1984 (October 2): Following the events of Wonder Woman, which came out in 2017, Gal Gadot returns as the titular role. This time, instead of being set during World War I, the plot takes place in the ‘80s and Kristin Wiig stars as the villain.
Honest Thief (October 9): Liam Neeson stars as a thief who decides to come clean about his past after falling in love.
Candyman (October 16): Produced by acclaimed director Jordan Peele, Candyman is a sequel to the 1992 film with the same name.
Death on the Nile (October 23): Hercule Poirot is back in this Agatha Christie adaption, this time to solve the murder of a young woman while on vacation in Africa.
Black Widow (November 6): After taking some time off following the release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel is back with their Black Widow standalone film. In this, Black Widow will reconnect with her family and confront her past as a spy.
Ammonite (November 13): Starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet, Ammonite is about two women in the 19th century who fall in love along the English coast.
Deep Water (November 13): This film, which is adapted from the novel of the same name, stars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas as a couple in a loveless marriage who get caught up in some dark matters.
No Time to Die (November 20): After pushing its release from April, No Time to Die will be Daniel Craig’s final film as James Bond.
Soul (November 20): Soul is Pixar’s latest film, which is about a musician who somehow travels to another dimension where he learns what it means to have a passion and a soul. The film stars Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey.
Nomadland (December 4): Starring Academy-award winner Frances McDormand, Nomadland is about a woman who decides to live the nomad lifestyle after losing everything during the Great Recession.
Free Guy (December 11): Ryan Reynolds plays a bank teller named Gus who realizes he’s stuck in a video game called “Free City.”
The Father (December 18): Starring Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins, the film is about an aging father who decides to move in with his daughter (played by Colman).
Coming 2 America (December 18): Eddie Murphy is back as Prince Akeem is back for the sequel, in which he must return to the United States after finding out he has a son.
Dune (December 18): Starring Timothée Chalamet, Dune is an adaption of Frank Herbert’s novel by the same name. This film also stars Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, and Jason Momoa.
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West Side Story (December 18): Steven Spielberg is adapting this 1957 classic musical starring Ansel Elgort as Tony.
News of the World (December 25): Starring Tom Hanks, News of the World is a period drama about a Texan who makes a living traveling from town to town. He then gets enlisted in helping rescue a young girl who has been held captive for years.