Due to open in Australia on March 19th, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway has been pushed back to September 10th, making the film the second major studio release to be impacted by the coronavirus after James Bond: No Time to Die.
The live-action/CGI animated family film, which was filmed in Sydney, features Rose Byrne, Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki and James Corden as Peter.
The news comes amid cinema closures across Asia and Europe. Earlier this week, Italy announced that all its cinemas were to be closed, with others shutting in France and Slovakia. Cinemas across China have been closed for weeks.
The first film raked in $26.7 million in Australia in 2018 and $US351.3 million worldwide. In the UK, Peter Rabbit was the biggest family film of 2018, overtaking Pixar’s Coco with $56.3 million.