Though many U.S. film writers complain about it, the actual number of Hollywood blockbusters that open overseas first normally amount to around just half a dozen a year. Almost all of these are in the late April/May window as well due to many countries holding their school holiday periods in April. On occasion films have also gone early in late October/November such as the James Bond series.
One studio that has been very much at the forefront of going early overseas is Marvel Studios. They began the practice with the first “Iron Man” and have been doing so ever since as it also allows them to do a whirlwind global press tour for their films. The results have paid off enormously with excellent box-office returns in global markets.
Now, Film Divider has apparently found out the U.K. release dates for Marvel’s recently announced nine-film Phase Three schedule. As expected, most of the films will open in Blighty a week earlier than their U.S. launches.
Also as expected, the ones going early all fall in the same April/May & October/November windows. The two films hitting outside those windows – “Thor: Ragnarok” on July 28th 2017 and “Captain Marvel” on July 6th 2018 – will premiere worldwide on the same date. Here’s the full U.K. schedule:
April 29th 2016: “Captain America: Civil War”
October 28th 2016: “Doctor Strange”
April 28th 2017: “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”
July 28th 2017: “Thor: Ragnarok”
October 27th 2017: “Black Panther”
April 27th 2018: “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1”
July 5th 2018: “Captain Marvel”
October 26th 2018: “Inhumans”
April 26th 2019: “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2”