Sure but if they decide to release it on any digital platform later people all around the world will not pay to watch something that they will watch on 20th of December. The world is not just US. Eternal was released on more of 30 countries! You are talking about special screenings. Is a 2 or 3 day event worth it to not release it worldwide on Netflix? I don't think so.
If anything is consistent in this fanbase, it’s fans going out of their way to support the show whether the merchandise is subpar or not. Especially now more than ever- with the possibility that Cosmos is the last SM anime, fans may want to show the support so that we could get more.
And again, that’s just talking about hardcore fans who may download the sub. The casual viewer probably doesn’t even know there is another movie yet and will probably buy it/ stream it officially when it’s released.
And there’s the draw of watching it dubbed which isn’t possible with a fan sub of the Japanese dvd.. So yes, I personally think the views wont be affected coming out after the Japanese dvd whenever it is legally released internationally.
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