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Coronavirus panic has taken our toilet paper, travel and toothpaste (yes, our local supermarket has completely run out!). And now Peter Rabbit 2 has been banished from the big screen.

Our favourite bunny and his furry friends were going to be hopping into the movies on 19 March. But fears that patrons will give the cinemas a skip in fear of catching COVID-19, have prompted the big wigs to postpone the movie release a few months until 10 September 2020.

More Movies Delayed

Peter Rabbit 2 : The Runaway is the second major release to fall victim to virus mania. The new James Bond film No Time To Die was delayed from April to 12 November later this year.

The original Peter Rabbit film, which was released in 2018, made more than US$350m at worldwide box offices, with two-thirds of the revenues originating from outside of North America.

The release of Disney’s Mulan in China has been delayed indefinitely. The epic Disney live-action blockbuster is still on track for a Aussie release on 26 March.

Loss Of Revenue

There has not yet been a significant drop in movie earnings since the Coronavirus threat hit. However, all 70,000 cinemas in China have had their doors shut since January and all cinemas in Italy have also now closed. Some cinemas in France are following suit.

Some analysts have predicted that Coronavirus could cost the film industry upward of US$5 billion.

“If theaters are closed, it’s obvious there’s going to be an impact,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, spoke to Vanity Fair

However, it’s not all doom and gloom.

“At some point, this crisis will clear, and the movies will most certainly be released. At that point, I think there will be pent-up demand. If you’ve been sequestered indoors for weeks or even months, once there is some kind of normalcy restored, I think there’s going to be an intense interest in these outside-the-home activities,” Dergarabedian said.

Trolls Are Still Singing

There is some good news though: the much anticipated Trolls: World Tour sequel is on track for release in Australia on 26 March. In the US, Dreamworks Animation actually made a surprise move of moving its release date up by one week, to the 10 April, which was the original release date for the delayed James Bond movie. This date also marks the start of the Easter weekend and is traditionally a strong revenue generator for movies.

Are you disappointed about the delay of Peter Rabbit 2? Will Coronavirus fears stop you from going to the movies? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Given movie theatres are now closed, it was a good idea!

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  • Was looking forward to raking my grandson to see this. Ah well, something to look forward to after covid19

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  • It would have been nice for Easter, but considering the circumstances I understand why they have moved the dates.

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  • The poor rabbit is to be on hold till things settle so I think it’s going to be a. Peter Rabbit Christmas xxx

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  • This would have been wonderful for Easter. Guess we’ll have to wait.

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  • I was looking forward to seeing the Live Action Mulan at the cinema’s for my 50th birthday! Guess I’ll have to wait now.

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  • I listened to a report about the delay of movies and alternatives.

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  • Such a shame, I was so looking forward to this … but, the health of the community must come first.

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  • It is getting a little bit scary now. I can understand why they cancelled but I don’t think children will.

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  • What a shame but totally understandable. You are out in public and constantly touching your face by eating too much popcorn and choc top ice creams

    Can we just do this 2 week lockdown and get it over and done with already, I’m bored of it now

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  • It’s such a shame because soon there will be nothing to do anywhere!

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  • I haven’t been to the movies for about 25 years now. I’m not willing to drive 2 hours to watch something in a cinema but I am disappointed for all the kids who were waiting to watch this movie.

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  • Oh No!!! My kids were sooo looking forward to going to see this. Such a pity.

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  • Pity they decided this – will be a great disappointment for the next school holidays. However, I’m organising tickets to the movies next week for us.

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  • Will be disappointing for a lot of school kids over the holiday. However I would have been worried about going to the movies anyway as I feel aaistralia is yet to cop the full force of the virus like other countries already have.

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