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The movie industry had a rough 2020 in the midst of COVID-19.

Quarantine, social distancing, and shutdowns kept folks away from the cinemas, leading some theater chains to go out of business, and others to suspend operations indefinitely.

Although not a lot of new movies released, a few that did — a bunch of Universal releases, Mulan, Trolls: World Tour, and Onward — blazed new trails by going direct-to-digital.

Now, Warner Bros. has jumped on the digital train, and it means serious savings in 2021. Here’s what you need to know:


Wonder Woman 1984 is releasing on HBO Max & in theaters on Christmas.

After being delayed multiple times due to the pandemic, Warner Bros. recently announced that Wonder Woman 1984 will be released directly to WarnerMedia’s new streaming platform HBO Max, as well as in theaters, on Dec. 25, 2020.


All of the 2021 Warner Bros. movies will release straight to HBO Max.

While some studios have to wait three weeks until their movies can go to digital, Warner Bros. has said that in 2021, they’ll release all their new movies to HBO Max and theaters simultaneously.

Here’s what’s coming (with release dates for those who have them):

  • The Little Things (Jan. 29)
  • Tom & Jerry (March 5)
  • The Many Saints of Newark (March 12)
  • Godzilla vs. King Kong (May 21)
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4)
  • In The Heights (June 18)
  • Dune (Oct. 1)
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • The Batman
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • Reminiscence
  • Malignant
  • King Richard
  • Cry Macho
  • The Matrix 4



If you subscribed to HBO Max just for the new films, it would cost you $9.41 per movie.

Between now and Jan. 15, HBO Max is offering six months prepaid for just $69.99. Pay the regular $14.99/month for the final 6 months of 2021 and you’ll get the whole year for $159.93, which is just $9.41 per movie.

The average movie ticket price was $9.26 in 2019, but an HBO Max subscription allows multiple views and multiple viewers for that price.

Plus, HBO Max has a bunch of other movies, TV shows (like Friends!), and more available on top of the new movies.


HBO Max has a free 7-day trial.

When you sign up for the HBO Max free trial, make sure it coincides with one of these movies, to get the full effect.

There’s no upcharge for the new movies — you won’t have to pay a premium fee on top of HBO Max’s monthly subscription (like we saw with Mulan on Disney+).


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