Netflix to Give ‘Knives Out’ Sequel One-Week Run in Theaters This Thanksgiving

Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion” will play in 600 theaters, including some AMC and Regal locations for the first time in the streamer’s history

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Netflix has revealed that it will release Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” sequel “Glass Onion” in 600 theaters for a limited one-week engagement this Thanksgiving ahead of its streaming release on Dec. 23. Tickets will go on sale this Monday.

Notably, “Glass Onion” will be the first Netflix film to screen at AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas locations in addition to Cinemark locations. For years, AMC and Regal have refused to screen Netflix films in their theaters, demanding that the streamer adhere to a theatrical window, while Cinemark has screened Netflix films like “Red Notice” and “The Gray Man” during their limited theatrical runs.

Details of agreements between Netflix, AMC and Regal have been kept under wraps, but the agreement to screen “Glass Onion” comes amid bankruptcy proceedings by Regal’s parent company Cineworld, which forced the company to close a dozen of its Regal locations in the U.S.. AMC, meanwhile, has been looking for ways to lighten its debt load amidst an extended slump, including releasing hundreds of millions of new shares called APES.

“I’m over the moon that Netflix has worked with AMC, Regal and Cinemark to get ‘Glass Onion’ in theaters for this one-of-a-kind sneak preview,” said Johnson in a statement. “These movies are made to thrill audiences, and I can’t wait to feel the energy of the crowd as they experience ‘Glass Onion.’ Between this and the release on Netflix in December, I’m excited that audiences around the world will be able to enjoy the film!” 

“We’re excited to offer fans an exclusive sneak preview of Rian’s incredible film. Given the excitement surrounding the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we hope fans will enjoy this special theatrical event in celebration of the film’s global debut on Netflix in December,” said Scott Stuber, Head of Global Film at Netflix.

“Glass Onion” sees Daniel Craig return as master detective Benoit Blanc as he investigates a murder on a private island in Greece owned by tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton). The film’s ensemble cast also includes Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.

Released by Lionsgate in 2019, “Knives Out” grossed $311.6 million worldwide from a budget of $40 million. After the film’s success, which included a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for Johnson, Netflix paid Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman $469 million to produce a pair of sequels.