The Incredibles 2 was released in the US this weekend. I just found out that people in the UK will have to wait about a month to watch it in theaters (UK release date July 13th), and that I, living in Germany, will not have (legal) access to the film until September 27th!

I would imagine this scheme lowers the box office for the movie outside the US, mainly by encouraging piracy and by discouraging potential viewers that get spoiled during the gap.

So what is the motivation here?

  • Interestingly this is not always the case - movies.stackexchange.com/questions/2172/… – Paulie_D Jun 17 '18 at 8:14
  • The answers to that question contain some possible answers to mine. Apparently studios have to wait to get international music rights and other such paperwork. Also, the dubbing process is important in the case of children's movies... Thanks @Paulie_D – Alvaro Fuentes Jun 17 '18 at 8:32
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    I'm pretty sure that in this particular case the FIFA World Cup is the culprit. Disney doesn't want to compete with that in Europe. – Oliver_C Jun 17 '18 at 8:59
  • seemes interesting. i wonder about the rights as commented above, as here in South Africa, Ocean's 8 is coming out later, and Hereditary is also coming out later. we get some premiers like the big movies (SW, Marvel, Disney) but some movies someone like me wants to see, Hereditary, has to wait and avoid spoilers. so in all, also want to know – Nicholas Aysen Jun 18 '18 at 6:43
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