Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Ghost Date

DreamWorks is now talking about moving one of their 2015 releases...

Which is no surprise, because DreamWorks always rolls out a huge slate that jumps four years into the future... Then within months it changes in some way or another. They did it in 2009, changes followed. They did it again in 2012, changes followed. They did it again this year, changes are already talking place.

Instead of bringing up the entire history of their release date changes, I'll just make it simple: DreamWorks is always changing release dates for their animated features...

It also doesn't help that a lot of the once-prime spots for their films are being scooped up by big blockbusters and other animated competition. For instance, they had early November dates staked out for three films intended for 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively. Guess who came crashing in on those dates? Disney and Marvel. Now DreamWorks has to move...

This was talked about mere weeks ago after Marvel unveiled their entire Phase 3 movie slate. Among the first to move were said to be B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations and Trolls.

B.O.O. is currently set to open on June 5, 2015... But that's one week after Paramount Animation's Monster Trucks, and two weeks before Pixar's Inside Out. Since it's a non-sequel film based on an original story and a box office gamble, it seemed logical that DreamWorks would move that film. A new release date hasn't been announced yet, but the company has now made it known: It's probably not coming on June 5th...

Trolls is the other one they are worried about because it's set to open against Marvel's Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016.

However, why is the press not mentioning that Kung Fu Panda 3 is opening five days after Star Wars: The Force Awakens??? I keep asking this in vain. Yes it's a sequel and a proven hit... Actually no it isn't. Need I bring up Kung Fu Panda 2?

To recap, Kung Fu Panda made $60 million on its opening weekend back in 2008. Without 3D and IMAX 3D. In 2011, that adjusted to about $66 million. Kung Fu Panda 2 coughed up $47 million... With 3D. It was put up against The Hangover Part II, which stole all the teen and adult moviegoers, leaving the movie with the family audiences. It also didn't help that the marketing made it look like more of the same, instead of the epic sequel that it was.

So Kung Fu Panda 2 dipped because it was thrown against a big comedy that sucked in the teens and adults (remember, and I'm entering broken mp3 mode here, an animated movie doesn't make money just because of families), why on Earth would DreamWorks want to put the third one up against Star Wars?!? That's going to take in every demographic, from families to casual moviegoers of all ages. It's going to suck them all in, Kung Fu Panda 3 will be CRUSHED by Star Wars. If they're afraid of Marvel crushing them now, why the hell are they not worried about Star freakin' Wars?

So where does B.O.O. go then? I'm betting on October, since it is a movie about ghosts. I can't see them pushing it all the way back to 2016. Kung Fu Panda 3 could take the original 6/5/2015, but I'm not sure if DWA will do that/if the movie is ready to occupy that slot.

All I'm gonna say is, get ready for another slate change...


  1. I'm really worried about DteamWorks. Their sell didn't work out. Their films flop. And production troubles. I'm worried they won't have enough resource and money to go on. Hopefully some big company is kind enough to buy them and given them plenty of money to prevent writoff

  2. I agree. This hasn't been a very good couple of years for them. While the optimist in me would like to say that they could recover, looking at their upcoming movie slate gives me doubts. None of their original films look that enticing, and Disney and WB's rapid-fire production of blockbusters in the coming years will end up giving them a lot of competition for non-child audiences.
    And it's not like Dreamworks is the only studio besides Disney that makes big-budget animated films anymore, the way it was in the late 90s and early 00's. Now, Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, the Warner Animation Group, and Illumination Entertainment are all going to be wanting a slice of the pie.