UK cinemas to boycott Alice in Wonderland?

alice in wonderland trailer ImageThose who currently reside in the UK may want to wait a while before pre-ordering your tickets for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

According to The Guardian UK cinema chains Odeon, Vue and Cineworld (who combined represent 95% of UK 3D screens) may boycott the film because of a dispute with Disney over the release window. DVD sales are falling, and have been for a number of years. Studios are trying to find ways to boost sales, and Disney has decided to reduce the DVD release for Alice in Wonderland from 17 weeks to 12. They say that they make 97% of their total box office in the first 8 weeks, so making consumers wait another two months before they can buy the DVD legitimately just presents the pirates with an “exclusive window.”

The cinema chains on the other hand say that bringing forward the DVD release will reduce the audience appetite to see films on the big screen, which could lead to cinema closures. The Guardian says that Disney’s distribution chiefs, Bob Chapek and Chuck Viane, have flown to the UK to talk to British exhibitors over the next couple of days in an attempt to secure a release. Alice in Wonderland is projected to make £40 million ($62 million) in the UK, so it would be in Disney’s interests to make sure audiences can see it on March 3rd.

The funny thing is that if the situation cannot be resolved then UK moviegoers who wanted to see Alice in Wonderland may turn to piracy, so Disney’s efforts to reduce it will only backfire. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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  • http://www.hd-trailers.net/ Krunk

    You mentioned those theaters that are planning to boycott the film make up 95% of UK's 3D screens, but it's still hard for people to get the 3D experience at home. Watching a movie in 3D is about the 3D experience, why else would I pay $5 more to watch it in 3D instead of 2D.

    I'm not quite sure it'll be that moving the DVD release date will have as big an effect as they claim to be.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • Allaiyah

    The Vampire Lestat is going to be a knight in this movie?

  • Danni

    Ok I live in the UK n there will b murder if this film is not released because the cinema bosses are whining grrrr! I also say a poster today in a shop of the film saying coming to DVD soon =(

  • sickboyincorduroy

    There's an online petition to help stop the boycott that needs as many signatures as it can get.
    The petition is available at petitiononline.
    So please go to the address below and sign to show your support.
    http://www.petitiononline.com/stopaiwb/petition

  • sickboyincorduroy

    There's an online petition to help stop the boycott that needs as many signatures as it can get.
    The petition is available at petitiononline.
    So please go to the address below and sign to show your support.
    http://www.petitiononline.com/stopaiwb/petition

  • http://www.ihv-r.de/zellenradschleusen.php Zellenradschleusen

    hiya

    i think that is ridiculous. I want to watch the movie in the cinaema does not matter if i could buy the dvd earlier or not.

    greets

  • This is stupid

    By boycotting it, you open the window for pirates.

  • http://www.itprojectcoordinator.com it project coordinator

    It was a beautiful movie..Very sad that they wanted to boycott it