Movies Chat is our new work-in-progress chat show hosted by Movies.com Managing Editor Erik Davis. Each week we'll release multiple episodes that feature 15-20 minute conversations with some of the web's most notable movie experts.
The 2012 summer movie season officially kicks off this Friday with The Avengers, but that's only in the United States since The Avengers opened overseas more than a week before it hit US shores. That's not the only movie to open around the world before the US, as Battleship staged a similar stunt by hitting theaters in a number of different countries an entire month before it's due here in the US on May 18th. This isn't the first time Hollywood has decided to open its big blockbusters overseas before showing them to the hometown crowd, but two big movies in one month has raised more than a few eyebrows.
Christopher Campbell (@thefilmcynic), of Movies.com and the Doc Channel Blog, joins me on this episode of Movies Chat to talk about why this is happening, whether we should be upset about it and what other summer films will be following a similar release strategy.
Listen to our chat below and let us know what you think in the comments, or by emailing us at MoviesChat AT gmail DOT com.
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Previously on Movies Chat:
Movies Chat: Guest Cole Abaius, on Our Most Anticipated Summer Movie
Movies Chat: Guest Matt Singer, on Hateful Online Comments Chasing Negative Reviews of 'The Avengers'
This Episode's Supplemental Materials
Discuss: Are You Annoyed 'The Avengers' Opened Overseas First?