EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Warner Bros. will be making a slew of release date changes next year. First, James Wan Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom needs more time in post-production, so it goes from March 17, 2023 to December 25, 2023. You will remember the first Aquaman was released Christmas 2018 and grossed $335.1 million domestically and worldwide is one of two DC pics to gross $1 billion alongside Todd Phillips Joker.
To fill this March 17 gap, and also to capitalize on a Avatar-minus March, David F. Sandberg Shazam: Fury of the Gods will move its release date to December 21 and head to Aquaman 2the old date. Read: look how awesome it is The Batman was with its March opening at $134 million and its finale at $369.3 million.
Something else: Shazam 2 will have access to Imax screens on its new date, a premium ticket format that Disney will otherwise use in December with Avatar: The Way of Water.
Additionally, in keeping with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s promise to give films a theatrical window, two titles originally intended for HBO Max will open exclusively on the big screen. This is the New Line reboot directed by Calmatic and produced by LeBron James-Maverick Carter house party opening on December 9 of this year, and the directed by Lee Cronin Evil Dead Rise opening on April 21, 2023. The trailer for this sequel played gangbusters at CineEurope, hence another reason why it will now hit theaters.
Other big release dates: Warners will relaunch the box office period again after Labor Day in 2023 with Michael Chaves The nun 2 September 8; the first picture opened to $53.8 million in 2018, the best domestic debut for Conspiracy franchise. Stephen King’s feature film Salem Bundle moves from April 21, 2023 to a date to be determined next year; the photo is still in place.
Additionally, Warners planted its flag on Super Bowl weekend with an untitled event film, dated February 10, 2023.