Hanks vs Theron vs Samberg: With Theaters Still Closed, Summer Movie Showdowns Shift to Streaming

During the pandemic, the living room has taken the place of the box office with starry projects vying for viewers each week

The biggest movie faceoff this summer took place in viewers’ living rooms rather than the multiplex.

On July 10, Netflix debuted the Charlize Theron franchise-starter “The Old Guard” while Hulu premiered the Sundance favorite “Palm Springs” with Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti. Even Apple TV+ got in on the action with Tom Hanks’ WWII thriller “Greyhound.” It was the first time that three major streaming services all had a big movie premiering on the same day, but it might not be the last.

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Tim Baysinger

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