AT&T’s decision last year to move its 2021 Warner Bros. theatrical slate to a simultaneous release on HBO Max at no additional charge sent shockwaves through Hollywood. It also provided a welcome benefit to subscribers looking for new things to watch while stuck at home. As 2021 nears its end, only a handful of movies remain on the company’s 2021 calendar. The next film from the Warner Bros. slate is King Richard.
The flick is a biopic of Richard Williams, father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams with Will Smith starring in the title role. The film will debut in theaters and on HBO Max on Friday.
You can check out a trailer for King Richard below.
As with other 2021 Warner Bros. theatrical releases, it won’t cost any extra for HBO Max subscribers to stream the new movie at home, but there are a few catches. All of these first-run films are on a 31-day clock until they leave HBO Max, so you will need to make sure to watch during that window.
These movies are also only available to subscribers of the $15-a-month, ad-free HBO Max. If you have the service’s cheaper $10-per-month ad-supported option , the films won’t be available.
What else is coming? Here’s a breakdown of some of the rest of the Warner Bros. 2021 theatrical slate, as well as answers to a few other questions.
Which big movies are coming out when?
After a busy 2021, the Warner Bros. slate is down to just two big new movies for HBO Max in 2021. Here is when they will arrive in theaters and on the streaming service.
- Nov. 19: King Richard
- Dec. 22: The Matrix Resurrections (Matrix 4)
Will any of these films be released in Imax in theaters?
WarnerMedia, the group within AT&T that oversees both Warner Bros. and HBO Max, confirmed that it plans to release a number of the above films in Imax in areas where theaters are open. This includes The Matrix Resurrections (also known as Matrix 4).
If I watch on HBO Max, will the films be available in 4K HDR?
The first major film in this endeavor, Wonder Woman 1984, was also HBO Max’s first title to stream in 4K HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos . Whereas rival streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus regularly release new originals in the higher resolution formats, HBO Max has been a bit slower building out its 4K offerings.
WarnerMedia confirmed that the entire theatrical slate that is coming to HBO Max will stream in 4K on the streaming service, though Dolby Atmos support for higher quality sound may vary depending on how each film was produced.
How long will these films be on HBO Max?
The initial window for these films to stream on HBO Max is 31 days, though the exact times may vary. Wonder Woman 1984, for instance, arrived at 9 a.m. PT on Dec. 25 last year.
We don’t yet know when exactly the clock will start with all of these upcoming films, as it is possible some titles will arrive earlier to coincide with midnight screenings being held in theaters. The Suicide Squad officially appeared starting at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) on Aug. 5 and left the service on Sept. 5 at 11:59 p.m. PT (2:59 a.m. ET, Sept. 6).
After that 31-day period is up the films will continue their theatrical runs and follow the traditional post-theater process of heading to on-demand, DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms.
Is there any extra cost to stream these movies on HBO Max?
Unlike Disney Plus and its Premier access, HBO Max does not charge for first-run viewing of its newest movies. All of the above films will be available to stream as part of the regular HBO Max subscription that runs $15 a month.
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