‘In the Heights’ underwhelmed at the box office, but new data suggests it’s not HBO Max’s fault

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  • “In the Heights” underwhelmed at the domestic box office over the weekend with $11 million.
  • But data suggests it also underperformed on HBO Max compared to other Warner Bros. movies this year.
  • That means a low theatrical turnout isn’t necessarily streaming’s fault, in this case.
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“In the Heights,” the new movie based on the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, underwhelmed at the US box office over the weekend with $11.4 million.

Its haul was below projections that placed it closer to $20 million, and it failed to top “A Quiet Place Part II,” which has been in theaters for two weeks.

The Warner Bros. film, which was directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu, was released simultaneously on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max over the weekend, as are all of Warner Bros.’ films this year.

But data suggests that it’s not Max’s fault that the movie disappointed at the box office. It also underperformed on the streaming service compared to other new Warner Bros. movies.

693,000 US households watched at least five minutes of “In the Heights” on HBO Max over the weekend via connected TVs, according to estimates from the analytics company Samba TV. Samba TV tracks viewership on connected TVs, which include smart TVs, streaming devices like Roku, and gaming consoles (WarnerMedia declined to provide viewership numbers for “In the Heights.”)

Other Warner Bros. releases this year, which have performed better at the box office than “In the Heights” in their opening weekends, also drove more viewership on Max, according to Samba TV data. It suggests that streaming viewership doesn’t necessarily cannibalize theatrical attendance.

Here are four Warner Bros. movies this year that debuted in theaters and on Max simultaneously, and how their opening weekends compared on Max (via Samba TV estimates) and at the box office in the US:

  • “Mortal Kombat” – 3.8 million households on Max / $23.3 million at box office
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong” – 3.6 million households on Max (five-day weekend) / $48.5 million at box office (five days)
  • “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” – 1.6 million households on Max $24 million at box office
  • “Tom and Jerry” – 1.2 million households on Max / $14.1 million at box office

Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein also implied “In the Heights” had underperformed relative to other releases in comments to the Associated Press on Sunday.

“Our experience, which is backed up on ‘In the Heights,’ is that if the movie hits a high level in theaters, it hits a high level on the service,” Goldstein said. “If it hits a low level in theaters, it hits a low level on HBO Max. They’re really very comparable.”

While “In the Heights” didn’t attract as big an audience in its debut as other Warner Bros. releases this year, it’s been a hit with critics and has a 97% Rotten Tomatoes critic score. Viewers who did see the movie also seemed to love it; it has a 95% Rotten Tomatoes audience score and an A from CinemaScore, which surveys theatrical audiences on a movie’s opening night. That means the movie could pick up steam from word-of-mouth buzz.

Warner Bros. has largely dominated the box office so far this year despite its movies also streaming, and “In the Heights” seems to be an exception.

The box office could look more balanced as more studios release delayed tentpole films this summer, though, including Disney’s “Black Widow” and Universal’s “Fast and Furious 9.”

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‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,’ the latest movie in the blockbuster horror series, is now streaming on HBO Max

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Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as Lorraine and Ed Warren in “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”

  • “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” hit theaters and HBO Max on June 4.
  • Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star in this supernatural thriller based on a real murder trial.
  • The movie will be available to stream until July 5; HBO Max members need the ad-free plan to watch.

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“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on June 4. The film is the latest Warner Bros. movie available for streaming the same day it arrives on the big screen.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the movie, which is based on the real-life murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson. The Warrens claimed that Johnson was possessed by a demon during the exorcism of a young boy, which drove him to kill his landlord several months later.

“The Devil Made Me Do It” is the newest movie in The Conjuring Universe, a series of films based on the Warrens’ career case files. The franchise also includes “The Nun,” “The Curse of La Llorona,” and three “Annabelle” films. The first two films in “The Conjuring” series are among the highest grossing horror movies of all time, and have garnered critical acclaim as well.

Where to watch ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” is now available on HBO Max for a limited time. Subscribers to the ad-free plan can stream the movie through July 4.

HBO Max costs $15 a month for ad-free access to thousands of movies and TV shows, along with every Warner Bros. theatrical release for 2021. A cheaper, ad-supported plan is available for $10 a month, but it doesn’t include Warner’s theatrical releases.

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You can watch HBO Max using the dedicated app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple devices, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, and most smart TVs. You can also visit HBOMax.com to stream via your computer browser. “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” is available to stream in 4K with support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10 formats.

Where to stream The Conjuring Universe

There are eight films in The Conjuring Universe so far, and they’re all currently available to watch on HBO Max. Below you can find a full list of The Conjuring Universe movies and where to watch them.

What else is coming to HBO Max?

Warner Bros. will continue to bring its new theatrical releases to HBO Max throughout 2021. “Those Who Wish Me Dead” starring Angelina Jolie is streaming now and “In the Heights” from “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda is due out June 10.

The kid-friendly “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” starring LeBron James and the Looney Tunes, is scheduled to hit HBO Max on July 16, followed by “Suicide Squad” on August 6. “Malignant,” a new horror movie by “The Conjuring” producer James Wan, is due out in September.

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‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,’ the latest movie in the blockbuster horror series, will hit HBO Max on June 4

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Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as Lorraine and Ed Warren in “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”

  • “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” will hit theaters and HBO Max on June 4.
  • Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star in this supernatural thriller based on a real murder trial.
  • HBO Max will add “The Conjuring 2” on June 1 and “The Devil Made Me Do It” will stream until July 5.

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“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on June 4. The film is the latest Warner Bros. movie available for streaming the same day it arrives on the big screen.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the movie, which is based on the real-life murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson. The Warrens claimed that Johnson was possessed by a demon during the exorcism of a young boy, which drove him to kill his landlord several months later.

“The Devil Made Me Do It” is the newest movie in The Conjuring Universe, a series of films based on the Warrens’ career case files. The franchise also includes “The Nun,” “The Curse of La Llorona,” and three “Annabelle” films. The first two films in “The Conjuring” series are among the highest grossing horror movies of all time, and have garnered critical acclaim as well.

Where to watch ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” will be available on HBO Max starting June 4, the same day it will be released in theaters. HBO Max subscribers can stream the movie through July 4, a 31-day window.

HBO Max costs $15 a month and includes thousands of movies and TV shows along with every Warner Bros. theatrical release for 2021. A cheaper, ad-supported plan will launch in June for $10 a month, but it won’t include Warner’s theatrical releases.

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You can watch HBO Max using the dedicated app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple devices, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, and most smart TVs. You can also visit HBOMax.com to stream via your computer browser. “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” will stream in 4K with support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10 formats.

Where to stream The Conjuring Universe

There are eight films in The Conjuring Universe so far, but unfortunately not all of them are available to stream on HBO Max. “Annabelle” is currently only available to rent or purchase, while “The Conjuring 2” and “The Curse of La Llorona” are exclusive to Netflix. Below you can find a full list of The Conjuring Universe movies and where to watch them.

“The Conjuring” – Netflix or HBO Max
“The Conjuring 2” – Netflix (Coming to HBO Max June 1)
“Annabelle” – VOD rental or purchase
“Annabelle: Creation – HBO Max
“Annabelle Comes Home” – HBO Max
“The Nun” – TNT or TBS on-demand
“The Curse of La Llorona” – Netflix

What else is coming to HBO Max?

Warner Bros. will continue to bring its new theatrical releases to HBO Max throughout 2021. “Those Who Wish Me Dead” starring Angelina Jolie is streaming now and “In the Heights” from “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda is due out June 18.

The kid-friendly “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” starring LeBron James and the Looney Tunes, is scheduled to hit HBO Max on July 16, followed by “Suicide Squad” on August 6. “Malignant,” a new horror movie by “The Conjuring” producer James Wan, is due out in September.

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is now available to buy on VOD streaming services – here’s how to watch the epic showdown at home

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong premiered on March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • This is the fourth entry in the “MonsterVerse” franchise featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
  • The movie left HBO Max on May 1, but you can buy it from VOD services like Prime Video for $30.

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King Kong and Godzilla have both seen their fair share of epic battles on the big screen. And while it’s not the first time the two have fought, their 2021 clash in “Godzilla vs. Kong” is the biggest yet.

The film is now available to stream through video on demand (VOD) retailers like Prime Video and Vudu. The movie left HBO Max on May 1, and it’s not clear when it will return.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” showcases the two monsters in battle with action-packed visuals far beyond those found in their first big-screen matchup in 1963. The film, according to HBO Max, depicts the giant ape looking to “find his true home.” Meanwhile, Godzilla is on a rampage and his anger leads to a battle between the two legendary titans. “Godzilla vs. Kong” stars Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kaylee Hottle.

How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

“Godzilla vs. Kong” premiered in US theaters and on HBO Max on March 31. The film left HBO Max on May 1, but you can buy it now through a number of VOD streaming retailers for $30.

These VOD retailers include Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Google Play, Microsoft, and Fandango Now. It’s possible the movie could be added back to HBO Max in the future but no date has been announced.

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VOD retailers will let you stream “Godzilla vs. Kong” through a number of media players, web browsers, iOS and Android devices, and smart TVs. The film is also available in a number of formats, such as 4K with HDR, high definition (HD), and standard definition (SD). The movie supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on select devices.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” will be released on Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray on June 15. A digital rental option will likely be added in the coming months as well.

What other Warner Bros. movies are coming to HBO Max?

Aside from “Godzilla vs. Kong,” other movies set for day-and-date releases on HBO Max and in theaters include “Space Jam: A New Legacy” on July 16, “In The Heights” on June 18, and “The Suicide Squad” on August 6. You can check out the full list of Warner Bros. film releases heading to HBO Max in 2021 here.

HBO Max costs $15 a month. A $10 a month ad-supported plan will arrive in June, but this plan will not give you access to Warner Bros. movies still playing in theaters. Cable subscribers who pay for HBO can get HBO Max for free as part of their existing plan, although there are some limitations.

For detailed impressions, check out our full HBO Max review here.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is back on HBO Max, and you can also buy it from Amazon, Vudu, and other VOD streaming services

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“Wonder Woman 1984” is Gal Gadot’s fourth film as the titular character.

  • “Wonder Woman 1984” is back on HBO Max ($15/month) after premiering on the service in December 2020.
  • The movie is also available to buy through VOD services like Amazon and Vudu for $20.
  • HBO Max subscribers will get access to more brand-new Warner Bros. movies throughout 2021.

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“Wonder Woman 1984” is back on HBO Max, the same streaming service it premiered on in December 2020. The movie was the first in a series of Warner Bros. films made available for streaming the same day they hit the big screen.

Director Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine return for “Wonder Woman 1984.” The action picks up 40 years after the conclusion of 2017’s “Wonder Woman.” Kristen Wiig plays Cheetah, a villain who can match Wonder Woman’s superhuman abilities, and “The Mandalorian” star Pedro Pascal plays nefarious businessman Maxwell Lord.

HBO Max subscribers were given one month of exclusive access before “Wonder Woman 1984” was removed from the service and made available to buy from other providers, like Amazon, Vudu, and Google Play. “Wonder Woman 1984” was added back to the HBO Max library in May 2021 alongside other DC films like “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and “Batman v Superman.”

Warner’s decision to debut its theatrical releases on HBO Max has already helped bring millions of new subscribers to the streaming service, and could influence other studios to pursue a similar course. Data from research startup Antenna showed that HBO Max signups increased 4.3 times during the weekend “Wonder Woman 1984” premiered.

How to watch ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

“Wonder Woman 1984” is currently available to all HBO Max subscribers; the streaming service costs $15 a month for commercial-free access to its library. A $10/month ad-supported plan will launch in June.

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“Wonder Woman 1984” is also available to buy through video-on-demand (VOD) services, including Amazon, Vudu, FandangoNow, Microsoft, Google Play, and Apple TV. The movie costs $20 to own, and it’s offered in up to 4K Ultra HD quality. A rental option is not currently available. You can access your digital copy via the VOD service you select on various media players and smart TVs.

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If you want to purchase a disc copy of the film, the “Wonder Woman 1984” Blu-ray ($22) and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray ($28) were released on March 30.

Does ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ support 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos?

“Wonder Woman 1984” was the first movie on HBO Max to stream in 4K with support for high dynamic range (HDR). The film is available in HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos on supported devices, matching the maximum quality typically seen on Netflix and Disney Plus.

The VOD version also offers Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos playback though streaming services that support those features, including Vudu and Apple TV.

What other Warner Bros. movies are coming to HBO Max?

The next scheduled Warner Bros. release on HBO Max is “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” the third entry in the popular horror franchise. Other major releases set to arrive on the streaming service throughout 2021 include “The Matrix 4,” “The Suicide Squad,” “Space Jam” and more.

HBO Max subscribers can currently stream “Those Who Wish Me Dead.”

You can see a full list of upcoming Warner Bros. movies scheduled for day-and-date releases in theaters and on HBO Max here.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ is now streaming on HBO Max for a limited time – here’s how to watch at home while it’s still in theaters

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Ludi Lin and Max Huang as “Mortal Kombat” fighters Liu Kang and Kung Lao.

  • A new film based on the hit game “Mortal Kombat” debuted in theaters and on HBO Max on April 23.
  • You can stream the movie until May 24 with an HBO Max subscription.
  • HBO Max costs $15 a month and it’s included with most HBO cable plans.

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“Mortal Kombat,” a new film adaptation of the hit video game franchise, premiered on HBO Max and in theaters on April 23. Unlike the “Mortal Kombat” movies released in the late ’90s, this live-action reboot is rated R and features the gruesome “fatalities” that made the original game a cultural phenomenon.

In addition to an uncut trailer, Warner Bros. released the first seven minutes of the film to let fans know just how deadly the movie’s fights will be. The free preview includes a sequence with Scorpion and Sub-Zero, two of the franchise’s most iconic characters.

First released in arcades in 1992, “Mortal Kombat” depicts a martial arts tournament with supernatural fighters capable of tearing each other limb from limb. Despite public outcry against the game’s graphic depictions of violence, the latest entry, “Mortal Kombat 11,” was one of the bestselling games of 2019.

Through the years, “Mortal Kombat” has been adapted into comic books, cartoons, and films for fans of all ages.

How to watch ‘Mortal Kombat’ on HBO Max

“Mortal Kombat” is the latest Warner Bros. film to launch on HBO Max the same day it’s released in theaters. The film debuted on April 23 and will remain available to stream until May 24 for all HBO Max subscribers.

HBO Max costs $15 a month and also includes thousands of other movies and shows. You can find more information about the service in our full HBO Max review and our HBO Max guide.

HBO Max doesn’t usually offer a free trial, but there may be a workaround if you’ve never created an HBO account before. Hulu subscribers can get a seven-day trial for HBO Max if they sign up for the service through their Hulu account. Keep in mind that if you’ve used the same email address for HBO streaming in the past, this won’t work.

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HBO Max is available through web browsers and most media devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple devices, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and Samsung smart TVs. “Mortal Kombat” will stream in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos on supported devices.

What other new movies are coming to HBO Max?

In addition to “Mortal Kombat,” HBO Max subscribers will be able to watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” through April 30 and the Angelina Jolie thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead” starting May 14. More than 10 more movies are scheduled to debut on HBO Max before the end of the year, including “Dune” and “The Suicide Squad.”

Warner Bros. adopted this release strategy during 2020 to reach more viewers during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the studio has already announced an exclusive partnership with Regal to bring new movies to Regal theaters first in 2022.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ debuts on HBO Max and in theaters on April 23, and you can stream the first 7 minutes right now

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Ludi Lin and Max Huang as “Mortal Kombat” fighters Liu Kang and Kung Lao.

  • A new film based on the hit game “Mortal Kombat” will debut in theaters and on HBO Max on April 23.
  • Warner Bros. has released seven minutes of the movie to prepare fans for the R-rated reboot.
  • You can stream the film until May 24 with an HBO Max subscription for $15 a month.

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“Mortal Kombat,” a new film adaptation of the hit video game franchise, will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters on April 23. Unlike the “Mortal Kombat” movies released in the late ’90s, this live-action reboot is rated R and will feature the gruesome “fatalities” that made the original game a cultural phenomenon.

In addition to an uncut trailer, Warner Bros. has released the first seven minutes of the film to let fans know just how deadly the movie’s fights will be. The preview includes a sequence with Scorpion and Sub-Zero, two of the franchise’s most iconic characters.

First released in arcades in 1992, “Mortal Kombat” depicts a martial arts tournament with supernatural fighters capable of tearing each other limb from limb. Despite public outcry against the game’s graphic depictions of violence, the latest entry, “Mortal Kombat 11,” was one of the bestselling games of 2019.

Through the years, “Mortal Kombat” has been adapted into comic books, cartoons, and films for fans of all ages.

How to watch ‘Mortal Kombat’ on HBO Max

“Mortal Kombat” is the latest Warner Bros. film to launch on HBO Max the same day it’s released in theaters. The film will be debut on April 23 and will remain available to stream until May 24 for all HBO Max subscribers.

HBO Max costs $15 a month and also includes thousands of other movies and shows. You can find more information about the service in our full HBO Max review and our HBO Max guide.

HBO Max doesn’t usually offer a free trial, but there may be a workaround if you’ve never created an HBO account before. Hulu subscribers can get a seven-day trial for HBO Max if they sign up for the service through their Hulu account. Keep in mind that if you’ve used the same email address for HBO streaming in the past, this won’t work.

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HBO Max is available through web browsers and most media devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple devices, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and Samsung smart TVs. “Mortal Kombat” will stream in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos on supported devices.

What other new movies are coming to HBO Max?

In addition to “Mortal Kombat,” HBO Max subscribers will be able to watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” through April 30 and the Angelina Jolie thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead” starting May 14. More than 10 more movies are scheduled to debut on HBO Max before the end of the year, including “Dune” and “The Suicide Squad.”

Warner Bros. adopted this release strategy during 2020 to reach more viewers during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the studio has already announced an exclusive partnership with Regal to bring new movies to Regal theaters first in 2022.

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How to watch ‘The Little Things’ starring Denzel Washington through VOD streaming services

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  • The Little Things” starring Denzel Washington is now available through VOD platforms.
  • The movie was previously streaming on HBO Max, but it’s no longer included on the service.
  • You can rent the film for $20 through streaming retailers like Prime Video, Vudu, and more.

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The Little Things” is now available to rent through video-on-demand (VOD) services for $20. The film originally premiered on HBO Max on January 29, but was removed from the service on March 1.

The movie follows Deke, a deputy sheriff played by Denzel Washington, who winds up searching for a serial killer in Los Angeles. Deke meets Baxter (Rami Malek), a sergeant from the LA Sheriff’s Department, who tags along on the investigation. But as the search continues, it reveals secrets of Deke’s past. The thriller is directed by John Lee Hancock and also features actor Jared Leto.

Leto’s performance as Albert Sparma earned him two nominations at award ceremonies in 2021. The Golden Globes nominated Leto in the “Best Supporting Actor” category while the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominated him in the category for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.”

How to watch ‘The Little Things’

“The Little Things” is now available to rent from VOD streaming retailers like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Google Play, Fandango Now, and Microsoft. Rentals are priced at $20.

“The Little Things” was previously available on HBO Max, but the film left the service on March 1 and it’s unclear when the movie will return.

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VOD rental services are available on most mobile devices, media players, and smart TVs. Rental options include 4K with HDR, high definition (HD), and standard definition (SD). You can also watch “The Little Things” with Dolby Atmos audio if your device and app of choice support it.

Most streaming retailers give you 30 days to start watching a rental and up to 48 hours to complete a film after playback is initiated.

Though the movie is currently only available via streaming, “The Little Things” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray starting May 4.

What other Warner Bros. movies are coming to HBO Max?

“The Little Things” premiered on HBO Max on January 29 and remained on the service until March 1. The movie is one of several Warner Bros. films set for day-and-date releases on HBO Max and in theaters throughout 2021.

The next Warner Bros. movie to appear on HBO Max will be “Mortal Kombat” on April 23. “The Matrix 4,” “Space Jam 2,” and more will also debut later this year. Here’s a complete list of every upcoming Warner Bros. movie with same-day releases on both HBO Max and in movie theaters.

HBO Max costs $15 a month. Cable subscribers who pay for HBO can get HBO Max for free as part of their existing plan, although there are some limitations.

For detailed impressions, check out our full HBO Max review here.

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How to watch ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ – the Oscar nominee is now available to rent though VOD streaming services

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  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on February 12.
  • The biopic stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chicago Black Panther Party chair Fred Hampton.
  • The film is now available to rent from VOD streaming services, like Prime Video and Vudu, for $20.

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“Judas and the Black Messiah,” a film based on the 1969 killing of Chicago Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton, has been nominated for six Academy Awards. The movie is now available to rent through services like Prime Video for $20.

“Judas and the Black Messiah” premiered on February 12 in theaters and on HBO Max, but its availability on HBO’s streaming service was only temporary. The movie was removed from HBO Max on March 14, but it could be added back at a later date.

The film chronicles the events leading to the joint FBI and police raid that saw more than 80 shots fired into Fred Hampton’s apartment as he slept. “Get Out” and “Queen & Slim” star Daniel Kaluuya plays Hampton in the film, while Lakeith Stanfield plays the FBI informant tasked with spying on Hampton and the Black Panthers.

For many Black activists, Hampton’s killing exemplified violent methods that racists and the government would use to suppress their movement, sowing years of distrust for Chicago police and federal law enforcement.

Years after Hampton’s death, it was revealed that the FBI had identified Hampton as a radical and launched a campaign to undermine his activism. They planted an informant named William O’Neal within the Black Panther Party to track Hampton’s actions and spread misinformation about Hampton to other Black activist groups in Chicago.

“Judas and the Black Messiah” has garnered critical acclaim from reviewers. The movie currently holds a “96% Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 85/100 on Metacritic.

How to watch ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is now available to rent through video-on-demand platforms. The movie premiered on HBO Max on February 12 and remained on the service through March 14. Though it’s no longer available on HBO Max, the film could be added back in the future.

To watch “Judas and the Black Messiah” at home you can rent it through services like Vudu, FandangoNow, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Google Play. Rentals start at $20 but may vary based on your platform of choice.

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Most rental services give you a 30-day period to start watching a movie after you order it. Once you begin playback, you typically get 48 hours before the rental expires. “Judas and the Black Messiah” is available in 4K with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos via supported services on compatible devices.

If you want to own a physical copy of the movie, the Blu-ray disc is scheduled for release on May 4.

What other Warner Bros. movies are coming to HBO Max?

The latest Warner Bros. movie on HBO Max is the monster mash-up of “Godzilla vs. Kong.” Other upcoming releases include “Mortal Kombat,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” and “Matrix 4.”

Here’s a complete list of every upcoming Warner Bros. movie with same-day releases on both HBO Max and in movie theaters.

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ was a hit at the box office and on HBO Max, and it shows why the post-pandemic terms between studios and theaters are far from settled

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  • Experts say “Godzilla vs. Kong’s” pandemic-best opening shows promise for theaters, but urge caution.
  • The movie was also a hit on HBO Max, but WB plans to abandon day-and-date releases after this year.
  • Still, a studio exec said WB is in talks with exhibitors to shorten the theatrical window.
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After more than a year, the US theatrical industry finally had some good news.

“Godzilla vs. Kong,” the new monster battle royale from Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “MonsterVerse,” earned $48.5 million at the domestic box office in its first five days, and $32.2 million over the three-day Easter weekend – a pandemic-best opening. It’s so far made more than $285 million worldwide (it cost $200 million to produce).

It’s more impressive considering the movie, like all of Warner Bros.’ movies this year, also debuted on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max on the same day it arrived in theaters.

Does that suggest that moviegoers will still see films in cinemas whether they’re streaming or not?

“Many audiences actively seek out the big screen, big sound, and shared experience [of movie theaters],” Jeff Goldstein, the Warner Bros. president of domestic theatrical distribution, told Insider. “With the right properties, theatrical exhibition can significantly ignite a cultural moment and increases the entire value chain.”

But while the numbers signal some hope for movie theaters that have been rocked by pandemic-related closures, experts caution that the industry isn’t out of the woods just yet.

“It’s difficult to determine anything concretely from just one film, especially after the year we’ve had,” said Jeff Bock, the Exhibitor Relations senior media analyst.

He added that theaters “just have to keep providing a safe and compelling environment for audiences, as ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ certainly shows folks are ready to return for the right film.”

“While the film experienced a huge increase in box-office performance relative to ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ we are still well below how films had performed pre-pandemic and concerns remain that a meaningful portion of moviegoers now prefer streaming at home,” said Joe McCormack, an analyst with the research firm Third Bridge.

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest movie-theater trade group, cautioned that while theaters in the US are heading in the right direction, markets in Canada, Europe, and Latin America are still struggling.

“We are a national and a global industry, and we need many of those markets to recover to ensure the biggest box-office potential for global hits,” a NATO spokesperson told Insider in a statement.

While theaters still have a long road to recovery, the movie does suggest that theatrical and streaming distribution strategies can coexist.

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“Godzilla vs. Kong”

Theatrical windows may never be the same

“Godzilla vs. Kong” wasn’t just a box-office hit. HBO Max said that the movie had the largest audience in its first four days of any title since the service launched last May.

In response to “Godzilla vs. Kong’s” performance, some analysts praised WarnerMedia’s day-and-date release strategy, which received backlash from Hollywood after it was announced in December.

Lightshed Partners’ Rich Greenfield noted on Twitter that Max was the No. 1 app in the Apple app store on Sunday and said “the future is day and date releases.” B. Riley Securities analyst Eric Wold upgraded his stance on shares of AMC Theatres, the world’s largest theater chain, from “neutral” to “buy.”

Warner Bros.’ strategy reflects a big shift in film distribution amid the pandemic.

But NATO, the theater trade group, isn’t convinced it will have lasting consequences.

“Exhibitors are, of course, concerned about meaningful changes to release models, including the length of the exclusive theatrical window,” the NATO spokesperson said. “It is important to understand that pandemic release models, driven in part by the studios’ need for revenue right now, may bear little resemblance to what comes after, when the theatrical market can operate at full capacity. A large piece of the studio movie output simply does not make sense – or profit – without a robust theatrical performance.”

Still, there are already signs that the traditional theatrical window, typically 75 to 90 days before the pandemic, could be a thing of the past. Warner Bros. isn’t the only movie studio to embrace streaming during the pandemic and it could have lasting ramifications for movie theaters.

Major studios like Warner Bros., Universal, and Paramount have struck deals with exhibitors to dramatically shorten the window beyond 2021. That doesn’t mean day-and-date releases like what Warner Bros. is doing now, but it does mean movies could wind up on streaming or digital-rental platforms earlier than ever before.

Warner Bros., for instance, struck a deal with Cineworld (which owns Regal Cinemas) to shrink the window to 45 days beginning in 2022. Goldstein, the studio’s head of domestic theatrical distribution, told Insider that Warner Bros. is in talks with other exhibitors for similar deals.

He suggested that the day-and-date model is for 2021 only, which Warner Bros. had previously stressed.

“Our day-and-date strategy was right for us given the hobbled marketplace at this point in time,” Goldstein said. “Our plan for 2022 makes sense for that period of time.”

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