More delayed film releases

I've written about this before, but the issues are still essentially the same.

This time I'm looking at John Wick: Chapter 2, The LEGO Batman Movie, and The Secret Life of Pets.

John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2 is coming out in 20 countries between the 8th and 10th of February1 and an additional 13 countries by the 24th of February2. Despite being the third highest foreign (so non-US) market3 the international distributor, Entertainment One, hasn't yet set an Australian release date. In fact, the film still hasn't been classified4, which is a requirement before it is released.

Obviously I don't know all of the details regarding this distribution situation. For all we know, the Classification Board could be the cause of the holdup, but they aim to give the classification decision within three business days of their review of the film with the decisions being made available on their website after an additional day5.

At this point in time, it is still unclear when (if?) we're going to be seeing it (legally). In the meantime, Entertainment One are telling people on Twitter that the release is still not scheduled.

"Kids" movies

Kids movies seem to be frequently delayed, which is usually to line the film releases up with school holidays. This appears to be the case with The LEGO Batman Movie. Much like The LEGO Movie, we're not seeing a release of The LEGO Batman Movie at the same time as the rest of the world. February 8th - 10th for 76 countries, and March 30th for Australia6. But at least we get it a day before Japan does...

The Secret Life of Pets, however, had a release in the UK, Ireland, and Norway of the 24th of June, 20167. That date also happened to be the last day of the school term before the winter break8. And yet, we didn't see the film in our cinemas until the 8th of September, which was a week or so before the next school holidays began.


  1. Indonesia, and the Philippines on the 8th. Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Netherlands, and Russia on the 9th. Canada, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam on the 10th. Source: IMDb 

  2. Argentina, Germany, Israel, Singapore, UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria. Source: IMDb 

  3. Australian box office takings were $2.69 million. France at number 2 was $2.74 million and Germany's number 1 was $3.7 million. Source: BoxOfficeMojo 

  4. Searching for "John Wick" on the Classification website returns results only for the first film 

  5. Source: (http://www.classification.gov.au/Industry/Journey/Pages/PEFilms/Step5.aspx

  6. Source: IMDb: LEGO Batman Movie Release Info 

  7. Source: IMDb: Secret Life of Pets Release Info 

  8. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/datesterm.aspx 

Posted Saturday February 4th, 2017