- “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” debuts in 600 US theaters a month before it’s available on Netflix.
- The streaming giant said the film will be its first to debut at the three biggest US cinema chains.
- Released in 2019, “Knives Out” grossed $311 million at the box office worldwide.
You’ll be able to catch Netflix’s crime comedy sequel “Knives Out” in theaters a whole month before you can stream it.
Netflix announced Thursday that “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” will be released in 600 U.S. theaters for a week from Nov. 23-29.
The streaming giant said the film will be its first to debut at the three largest US theater chains: AMC, Regal and Cinemark.
AMC said the film will be shown in more than 200 U.S. theaters, marking the first time a Netflix movie has played in theaters. AMC has approximately 600 theaters nationwide.
“Glass Onion” will also play in select other US theaters as well as in certain countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
AMC’s Odeon Cinema Group will play the film at some of its locations in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Spain.
Netflix called the early viewing a “sneak preview.”
If you don’t want to see it in theaters, you’ll have to wait until December 23 when it’s added to Netflix’s streaming platform worldwide.
“As we’ve often said, we believe that both theatrical exhibitors and streamers can continue to coexist successfully,” said AMC CEO Adam Aron. “Theaters will make more money by having more titles to screen, and thanks to the greater cultural appeal these films can get from a theatrical release, they’ll play to a wider audience when they’re also shown on streaming platforms.”
“Glass Onion” is written and directed by Rian Johnson, who was also behind the first film in the franchise. In the new film, “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig returns as the insidious Benoit Blanc, this time in a murder mystery set on a Greek island.
“Knives Out” was released in 2019 and brought in $311 million at the box office internationally on a $40 million budget. A third film in the franchise is set to follow as part of the $469 million deal with Netflix.