COVID-19 continues to impact the movie industry BY: Aila Pasic

With COVID-19 cases increasing since the beginning of the year, multiple industries and businesses have been taking a toll. The filming industry, especially, has been heavily affected by COVID-19.

Movie Profits Decrease

With COVID-19 cancelling releases of movies and movie productions, box office totals have also been decreasing. Compared to last year, the top grossing movie being "Avengers: Endgame" closed in on a total of 900 million dollars, while this year the top grossing movie is 'Bad Boys for Life' earning 200 million dollars. "Bad Boys for Life" was released when COVID-19 was starting to spread quickly throughout the world, and with the increase of cases, films were either put on hold or released directly to streaming platforms.

Testing Positive

Well-known celebrities have been testing positive for COVID-19. High status celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Antonio Banderas and several others have either been diagnosed or recently recovering. With celebrities testing positive, productions are unsure of when they will be able to start again.

Releases Put On Hold

Christopher Nolan's Tenet

Original Release Date: July 17, 2020

New Release Date: August 26, 2020

Marvel's Black Widow

Original Release Date: May, 2020

New Release Date: November 6, 2020

Pixar's Soul

Original Release Date: June 19, 2020

New Release Date: November 20, 2020

DC's Wonder Woman: 1984

Original Release Date: June 5, 2020

New Release Date: December 25, 2020

What to Expect From the Filming Industry

It's not certain yet how or when the movie industry will be back to where it's used to be. For now, productions are either being pushed back or have been slowly starting up, like Matt Reeves "The Batman." Unfortunately, actor Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVD-19 recently, causing to shut down production for the time being. For those looking forward to their favorite shows and movie, the following are still scheduled to be released before the end of the year: "Malcolm and Marie," "The Glorias," "Candyman," "Death on the Nile," "No Time To Die," "Dune," and several other shows and films.


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