According to Variety, Warner Bros. has decided to push back the release of Mortal Kombat by one week.
It was supposed to be released April 16, but is now premiering in cinemas and HBO Max on April 23, 2021.
The reason behind this decision? Well, it’s got everything to do with the release of Godzilla vs Kong this week in the U.S. The film has done very well internationally, already making US$121 million at the global box office to date. It’s been a big hit in China, earning US$70 million in the opening weekend alone.
So, Warner Bros. decided to push back the release date of Mortal Kombat since it’s the next tentpole movie they have this year, and they don’t want one film to steal attention away from the other, in order to avoid cannibalizing ticket sales.
Also, some cinema capacity restrictions are meant to be lifted across the U.S this coming week. On tuesday this week, Los Angeles county moved into the state’s orange tier, which allows movie theaters to increase indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people. As we know, the Los Angeles market is one of the most popular movie markets in the U.S, so with these changes, and more people heading back to the theatres, they are hoping to capitalise on Godzilla vs Kong’s popularity.
This means we will have to wait a little while longer before Mortal Kombat makes its way into the world. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait.
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