In Europe, however, theater owners have taken a harder line.
"I'm getting e-mails from my colleagues all across Europe and everyone says ... this is one step too far," said Ad Westrate, president of the International Union of Cinemas in Europe. "The guys are really fanatic now."
Westrate also is past president of the Dutch cinema operators association, which said on its Web site Tuesday that a "large number of cinema operators" won't show the film because of "stranded" talks with Disney.
Theater owners in Italy and other European countries are mulling similar action, said Westrate. Some European exhibition executives complained that, unlike their counterparts in the U.S., they were not consulted by Disney executives until recently.
Disney Distribution President Bob Chapek has been in London since last week meeting with exhibitors in an attempt to resolve the dispute.
Vue Entertainment Ltd. and Odeon Cinemas, two of Britain's three major cinema chains, currently don't plan to show the film in their theaters, two people familiar with the matter said, although talks remain ongoing.