Coronavirus outbreak leads to push in release of Peter Rabbit 2 from early April to 7 August, Sony Pictures confirms

Peter Rabbit 2 had been set to hit the UK and European theaters on 27 March, and open in the US on 3 April

The Associated Press March 11, 2020 14:17:13 IST
Coronavirus outbreak leads to push in release of Peter Rabbit 2 from early April to 7 August, Sony Pictures confirms

New York: Hollywood continued to shuffle its upcoming releases due to the coronavirus, as Sony Pictures on Tuesday announced that it’s moving Peter Rabbit 2 to August.

Peter Rabbit 2 had been set to hit the UK and European theaters on 27 March, and open in the US on 3 April. Instead, Sony said the sequel to 2018′s Peter Rabbit will launch on 7 August.

Cinemas have been closed in China for several weeks. On Monday, Italy shuttered all of its theaters. In many countries, health experts are advocating social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus outbreak leads to push in release of Peter Rabbit 2 from early April to 7 August Sony Pictures confirms

Still from Peter Rabbit 2. Image from Twitter

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.

Last week, April’s biggest movie release, the James Bond film No Time to Die, postponed from early April to November. Much of the film’s early promotion had already begun, with Daniel Craig hosting Saturday Night Live on Saturday and the release of Billie Eilish’s theme song.

The previous Peter Rabbit was one of 2018′s top animated releases, grossing $351 million worldwide, including a hefty $236 million internationally.

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