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When Can You Expect ‘Oppenheimer’ to Be on Netflix in the US or Internationally?

When Can You Expect 'Oppenheimer' to Be on Netflix in the US or Internationally?
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Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus, ‘Oppenheimer,’ has made a grand debut in theaters worldwide. The film has immersed the audience in a riveting tale of the bygone era. The film goes way beyond the atomic bomb and the explosions. But will it make its way to Netflix soon? The answer, sadly, is no. The wait can be rather long.

Oppenheimer is based on the 2005 biography, ‘American Prometheus.’ The film dives deep into the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a crucial figure behind the development of nuclear weapons. With a star-studded cast, including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and Florence Pugh, the film is definitely one of the best, if not the best in the biography genre. The movie had a staggering opening weekend amassing $80 million in the box office after its theatrical release on July 21. 

Oppenheimer will not be available to stream on Netflix in the US until at least 2027. It won’t even arrive as a Netflix DVD owing to the closure of the DVD service in September 2023.

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There are two reasons behind this extended wait. When the movie was commissioned, Chris Nolan negotiated a longer than usual theatrical presence of Oppenheimer with Universal Pictures. It was agreed in 2021 that Oppenheimer will stay in theaters for 100 days.

On the other side, Netflix’s contract with UFEG (Universal Filmed Entertainment Group) states that Netflix will have the rights to the animated, live action, and feature films coming out of Universal four years after its initial release. 

You should be able to stream Oppenheimer on Peacock in November or December this year and on Prime Video in the Spring of 2024. Netflix South Korea usually receives Universal titles in the first streaming window after release. That means, Oppenheimer may be available to stream on Netflix in South Korea in late 2023 or early 2024. Countries like the UK, India, and other Asian countries might have to wait till 2025.

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