‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ Is Warner Bros.’ Next Thrifty Box Office Experiment, Confusing Insiders

Channing Tatum’s trilogy capper is the latest film greenlit for HBO Max that will be getting a release in just 1,500 theaters

Between the Super Bowl this Sunday and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” coming next Friday, the new release list for movie theaters is scarce this weekend. But what is coming is “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” a Warner Bros. film that was greenlit as an HBO Max exclusive but is now getting a theatrical release strategy that has perplexed analysts and rival studios.

Starring Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek in what’s being billed as the ending of a trilogy that began with “Magic Mike” in 2012 and continued with “Magic Mike XXL” in 2015, the dramedy about male stripper “Magic” Mike Lane is getting a release on just 1,500 theaters as opposed to the 3,355 that “Magic Mike XXL” got eight years ago.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster