As the film industry comes back to life, will it ever fully recover from the pandemic?

After a year of closures and production halts, the industry has a lot of work to do

Whisper it quietly – so the steamers don’t hear – but big-screen movies are back. Last month, John Krasinski’s horror-thriller A Quiet Place Part II opened in America with a $57 million box office gross over the three-day Memorial Day holiday. An impressive bow in any year, that it arrived in the wake of a year of shuttered movie houses across the globe because of the coronavirus pandemic is nothing short of miraculous.

As Chris Aronson, Paramount’s distribution chief, told trade paper Variety: “We’re happy for the industry. We’re happy for movie theatres. This is a referendum on the future of moviegoing, so there’s a lot to celebrate.”

The biggest US opening since the pandemic began – beating TenetGodzilla vs. Kong and Wonder Woman 1984 – it’s a firm indication that the public are willing to re-engage with movie theatres after a year of idly scrolling through Netflix.

Much the same already happened with F9, Universal’s latest entry in the Fast and the Furious saga, which has been rolled out in several countries – including the UAE – before releasing in America later this month. Everywhere, there were record numbers, despite mixed reviews for this ninth instalment of the Vin Diesel-­led action-adventure.

With Covid-19 cases dropping and, crucially, more vaccines being administered by the day, normality is gradually returning to the cinema experience.

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