After having been cleared by authorities in late November for an eventual China launch, the market has now given Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s highly-anticipated The Matrix Resurrections an official date — on January 14, 2022.
The Keanu Reeves-starrer begins early offshore rollout December 16 with home and nearly all of worldwide markets beginning December 22 and thru the Christmas body. It may also be obtainable on HBO Max domestically from December 22, that means that, sadly, piracy could possibly be a problem with a later than hoped for China date.
Warner Bros’ official Weibo account posted the information late Saturday native time together with a video devoted to Chinese followers as Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss ask, “Are you ready to go back to the Matrix?” It additionally launched a brand new poster (see it in full under).
This is at present the one main Hollywood title on the upcoming China calendar, whereas followers anxiously await phrase on Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In the meantime, Friday kicked off the year-end interval for native motion pictures, beginning with this weekend’s chief Schemes In Antiques which is billed as China’s Indiana Jones. Also coming for the vacations is notably Sheep Without A Shepherd 2 on December 17. Box workplace for the yr has surpassed RMB 44B ($6.9B), up sharply from 2020’s whole RMB 20.4B ($3.12B), however nonetheless trailing 2019’s document RMB 64.27B ($9.2B).
The market definitely may have elevated its takings in 2021, however has bypassed a number of main Hollywood titles. The most up-to-date main studio releases have been MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die, Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune and Disney/twentieth Century’s Free Guy. Disney’s Jungle Cruise got here in months after its preliminary rollout and has managed simply $7M.
The Matrix Resurrections, directed by Lana Wachowski, is about 20 years after the occasions of The Matrix Revolutions. It finds Neo (Reeves) residing a seemingly peculiar life as Thomas A Anderson in San Francisco, the place his therapist prescribes him blue tablets. Neither he nor Trinity (Moss) acknowledge one another. Subsequently, nevertheless, Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) provides him the crimson capsule and reopens his thoughts to the world of the Matrix.
Here’s the brand new China poster: