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Super Bowl Movie Trailer Ads Cutting Back for Chiefs-Buccaneers Game

The Super Bowl was as soon as (and by as soon as, we imply as just lately as final yr), the premier vacation spot to unveil new film trailers. For an informal $5 million-plus, Hollywood studios received 30 seconds or extra of America’s undivided and unparalleled consideration throughout the greatest occasion on tv. The hope, in fact, is ultimately translating these huge advertising and marketing {dollars} into substantial field workplace ticket gross sales.

Common Photos put that point (plus extra) to good use throughout Super Bowl LIV in Miami, rolling out all of the stops — together with a live performance! — to generate hype round footage for “F9,” the following “Quick & Livid” sequel that performs like a homage to muscular males, quick vehicles and the sort of explosive stunts that defy the legal guidelines of physics. But in subsequent months, the pandemic hit and compelled many motion pictures — “F9” included — to push their launch dates. “F9,” although presently slated for Memorial Day weekend, might face not less than yet one more delay earlier than lastly hitting theaters.

So it’s not fully surprising that viewers gained’t see the diploma of fanfare that greeted “F9” for any teaser trailers that play throughout this yr’s huge sport. The truth is, many conventional studios are sitting out the Super Bowl fully. With the theatrical panorama nonetheless in flux, Hollywood isn’t keen to overspend to construct buzz for a film that won’t see the sunshine of day anytime quickly.

Take into account the potential blockbusters that received primetime placement in final yr’s matchup: Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Half II,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Prime Gun: Maverick”; MGM’s James Bond entry “No Time to Die”; and Disney’s “Black Widow” and “Mulan.” Quick ahead a yr later, and solely two of these motion pictures have been launched. The remainder have been postponed quite a few occasions by their respective studios.

It’s not simply the Super Bowl that may very well be gentle on film trailers. Studios have been reducing again on TV advert spots for a while now. The variety of 30-second TV advertisements that studios aired on high networks between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3 was down 82% from the identical interval final yr, in line with Kantar, a tracker of advert spending. That development might proceed till cinemas reopen and folks really feel comfy returning to the films.

However concern not, Super Bowl industrial fans. CBS, the community internet hosting the massive sport, has already bought out advert slots. Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Tide and Hellman’s mayonnaise will hold the industrial breaks stuffed.

And soccer’s greatest evening gained’t be fully devoid of Hollywood’s buzziest movie and TV titles — there are few methods to reliably appeal to as many eyeballs. Final yr’s showdown between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers resulted in one of many lowest-rated video games in trendy historical past and nonetheless drew an enormous 100 million viewers.

Amazon Prime Video is predicted to have a presence, probably with a spot for Eddie Murphy’s “Coming 2 America.” And Paramount Plus will presumably attempt to leverage some consideration forward of the ViacomCBS-owned streaming service’s launch subsequent month. HBO Max can be anticipated to tout a number of the motion pictures arriving on the platform in 2021.

Streaming providers ramped up Super Bowl promoting lately, most memorably with Netflix’s post-game shock that “The Cloverfield Paradox” was dropping on the streamer instantly after the clock ran out. However don’t anticipate that sort of shocker from Netflix after the Chiefs tackle the Buccaneers. Peacock, the ad-supported streaming service from NBCU, doesn’t have something within the works both.

Amongst conventional studios, Sony, Warner Bros. and Paramount aren’t dropping any teaser trailers. Nonetheless, plans might at all times change previous to Sunday. Some studios have been identified to buy advert spots late within the gross sales course of, which networks naturally attempt to leverage for more cash. Common and Disney, each energetic Super Bowl advertisers, have booked 30-second advert spots however have performed coy to maintain the promo efforts a shock. Director M. Evening Shyamalan might have hinted to Common’s advert spot on Tuesday, posting a five-second clip on Twitter of his upcoming thriller “Outdated.” The video is captioned “5…”, which is similar variety of days till the Super Bowl.

It’s additionally potential that Hollywood might mitigate spending by teaming with company companions. Final yr, Warners labored with Proctor & Gamble to have Gal Gadot seem as Diana Prince in a Tide industrial that doubled as promo for “Surprise Lady 1984.” And “Invoice and Ted Face the Music” received its 30-seconds of fame in a Walmart industrial, although it didn’t characteristic any film footage.

In one other period, one which didn’t contain a raging pandemic, the Super Bowl could be the proper alternative for Disney to highlight Scarlett Johansson’s Marvel hero for “Black Widow” (slated for Could 7) or for Common to reintroduce viewers to Dom and the gang in “F9” (scheduled for Could 28). However there’s a superb probability these titles might alter launch plans within the coming weeks. Already, “No Time to Die,” Daniel Craig’s fifth and remaining outing as James Bond, was bumped to October and “A Quiet Place Half II” was relegated to September. Until the scenario round coronavirus dramatically improves within the close to future, the delays might hold coming.

So what does that imply for the massive sport? Extra time within the limelight for time-tested legends like Doritos and M&Ms.

Brian Steinberg contributed to this report.

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