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Disney’s remaining 2021 films will all have exclusive theatrical releases

  • The rest of Disney's 2021 slate will all arrive in theaters exclusively, the company said Friday.
  • This includes "Eternals," "The Last Duel," "Encanto" and "West Side Story."
  • The move comes after the box office success of theatrical-only releases like "Free Guy" and "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

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(L-R) Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie, and Barry Keoghan of 'The Eternals' took part today in the Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif.Jesse Grant | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images

The rest of Disney's 2021 slate will all arrive in theaters exclusively, the company said Friday.

For the first half of the year, Disney opted to make many of its new films available in cinemas and on Disney+ either for free or for a $30 fee. These decisions were made well before vaccination rates were on the rise and before the delta variant was running rampant in the U.S.

It has become clear, however, that the dual release has led to cannibalization of theater ticket sales.

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