The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted most people and most industries in a big way. Country-wide shutdowns have upended the way we live, work and socialize, and have forced the movie industry to rearrange its meticulously planned slates for this year and all the way into 2022. Looking at the current 2020 movie release calendar, it’s clear that studios are hedging their bets by shifting their would-have-been summer blockbusters into late fall in hopes of a more successful box office run.  

When we compare the months of 2020 before and after the official global pandemic announcement on March 11, 2020, it’s a striking visual of just how much has changed and how long we’ve gone without new movies in theaters. But it also shows how much we have to look forward to in the second half of the year.  

Keep in mind we’re looking at (mostly) wide-release movies in the domestic box office. 

CURRENT 2020 SLATEORIGINAL 2020 SLATE
MARCH (CURRENT) MARCH (OLD)
Friday, March 6 
Onward
The Way Back
First Cow (Limited)  
Friday, March 6 
Onward
The Way Back
First Cow (Limited) 
Sometimes Always Never (Limited) 
Friday, March 13 
Bloodshot
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (Limited) 
I Still Believe  

Friday, March 13 
Bloodshot
The Informer
My Spy
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (Limited) 
I Still Believe  
Friday, March 20 
-N/A

Friday, March 20 
A Quiet Place Part II
The Climb (Limited) 
The Truth (Limited)  
Friday, March 27 
-N/A
 Friday, March 27 
Mulan
Saint Maud (Limited)  
APRIL (CURRENT)APRIL (OLD)
Friday, April 3 
-N/A


Friday, April 3 
The New Mutants
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Fatherhood
The Lovebirds  
Friday, April 10 
-N/A
Friday, April 10 
No Time to Die
Charm City Kings (Limited)  
Friday, April 17 
-N/A



Friday, April 17 
The Secret Garden
Trolls World Tour
Monster Problems
Antlers (Limited) 
Promising Young Woman (Limited)  
Friday, April 24 
-N/A
Friday, April 24 
Antebellum
Bad Trip  
MAY (CURRENT)MAY (OLD)
Friday, May 1
-N/A
 
Friday, May 1 
Black Widow
Dream Horse (Limited)  
Friday, May 8 
-N/A


Friday, May 8 
Legally Blonde 3
Greyhound
The Personal History of David Copperfield (Limited) 
Covers (Limited)  
Friday, May 15
-N/A

Friday, May 15 
Scoob! 
The Woman in the Window
-The Organ Donor  
Friday, May 22 
-N/A
Friday, May 22 
Fast & Furious 9
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run  
Friday, May 29 
-N/A
Friday, May 29 
Artemis Fowl 
JUNE (CURRENT)JUNE (OLD)
Friday, June 5
-N/A 
Friday, June 5 
Wonder Woman 1984  
Friday, June 12
-N/A 
Friday, June 12 
Candyman  
Friday, June 19 
-N/A
Friday, June 19 
Soul
-King of Staten Island  
Friday, June 26 
-N/A
Friday, June 26 
Top Gun: Maverick
In the Heights  
JULY (CURRENT)JULY (OLD)
Friday, July 3 
-N/A
Friday, July 3 
Free Guy
Minions: The Rise of Gru  
Friday, July 10 
-N/A  
Friday, July 10 
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
-The Purge 5  
Friday, July 17 
-N/A  
Friday, July 17 
Tenet
Bob’s Burgers  
Friday, July 24 
Amulet
Friday, July 24 
Jungle Cruise 
Friday, July 31 
Unhinged 
The Informer (Limited) 
Friday, July 31 
Morbius
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar  
AUGUST (CURRENT)AUGUST (OLD)
Friday, August 7 
The Broken Hearts Gallery 
Empty Man  
Friday, August 7 
Empty Man
Infinite  
Wednesday, August 12
Tenet

Friday, August 14 
Endless
The Personal History of David Copperfield (Limited)  
Friday, August 14 
Escape Room 2
Malignant
The One and Only Ivan
Nobody  
Friday, August 21 
Mulan 
Let Him Go  
Antebellum  
Friday, August 21 
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Let Him Go (Limited)  
Friday, August 28 
Bill & Ted Face the Music
The New Mutants 
Friday, August 28 
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Spell  
SEPTEMBER (CURRENT)SEPTEMBER (OLD)
Friday, September 4 
Monster Hunter 
Honest Thief 
A Quiet Place Part II  
Friday, September 4 
Monster Hunter  

Friday, September 11 
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 
Infidel 
2 Hearts  
-I Am Woman (Limited)
Friday, September 11 
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It  

Friday, September 18 
The King’s Man
Friday, September 18 
The King’s Man
Without Remorse  
Friday, September 25 
-N/A

Friday, September 25 
Last Night in Soho
Praise This
The Many Saints of Newark  
OCTOBER (CURRENT)OCTOBER (OLD)
Friday, October 2  
Without Remorse 
Wonder Woman 1984  
Friday, October 2 
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Bios
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Limited)  
Friday, October 9 
Death on the Nile


  
Friday, October 9 
Death on the Nile
The Witches
Respect
Fatale  
Friday, October 16 
Candyman
The Trial of the Chicago 7   
The French Dispatch  
Friday, October 16 
-Snake Eyes 
Halloween Kills  
Friday, October 23
-Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins  
Friday, October 23 
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
-Those Who Wish Me Dead  
Friday, October 30 
Fatale  
Friday, October 30
-N/A
NOVEMBER (CURRENT)NOVEMBER (OLD)
Friday, November 6 
Black Widow 
Friday, November 6 
The Eternals
-Stillwater (Limited)  
Friday, November 13 
Deep Water
Clifford the Big Red Dog
  
Friday, November 13 
Deep Water
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Red Notice  
Friday, November 20 
-Stillwater  
The Father (Limited) 
Soul 
No Time to Die  
Friday, November 20 
Godzilla vs. Kong
Happiest Season 

 
Wednesday, November 25 (Thanksgiving) 
Happiest Season 
-Voyagers  
Wednesday, November 25 (Thanksgiving) 
Raya and the Last Dragon
King Richard  
DECEMBER (CURRENT)DECEMBER (OLD)
Friday, December 11 
Free Guy
Friday, December 11 
Samaritan  
Friday, December 18 
Dune
West Side Story
Coming 2 America  
Friday, December 18 
Dune
West Side Story
Coming 2 America  
Wednesday, December 23 
Top Gun: Maverick
The Croods 2  
Wednesday, December 23 
The Croods 2
Tom & Jerry  
  Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
News of the World
The Last Duel (Limited) 
Respect (Limited)
Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day) 
The Tomorrow War
News of the World
The Last Duel (Limited)  

So, what happened to the rest of the movies from the column on the right that didn’t make the jump to the left? Many have been pushed into 2021. Others have gone directly to streaming platforms or paid video on demand outlets. The good news is that there are still plenty of new movies that we can’t wait to see in theaters in 2020. With theaters starting to reopen across the country, things are looking up for Hollywood.  

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