Sunday, February 28, 2016
Fox Rearranges Slate, Blue Sky's 'Ferdinand' Tramples Off
When 20th Century Fox changes up their slate, usually tons of things get moved around...
Curiously, only one animated project has moved. Blue Sky's Ferdinand, previously slated for 4/7/2017 (one week after Smurfs: The Lost Village, and one week before Fast & Furious 8), will now open 7/21/2017. Fox had claimed that spot for an unspecified animated flick a while back, so it makes sense. This now pits the pic against Christopher Nolan's WWII drama Dunkirk and Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Not bad, actually. Interstellar showed that the Nolan name isn't a guarantee for a $50 million+ opening, and Besson's film will probably come and go. Ferdinand should be another sub-$100 million costing Blue Sky film, so it shouldn't have trouble if it opens with decent results. It's just a question of whether Fox marketing makes the movie look appealing or not. Outside of Home, they haven't scored a $50 million+ opening for anything animated in the past five years...
Other changes? Two untitled Fox/Marvels are set for 10/6/2017 and 1/12/2018 respectively, the latter probably being Deadpool 2. The former? Who knows. Gambit, another Fox/Marvel/X-Men film, is no longer a 10/7/2016 release, and I doubt it's the fall 2017 release because I think Fox would've put it there instead of putting it in the TBD pool.
With Gambit out of the 10/7/2016 slot, Fox ought to put DreamWorks' Trolls there so it doesn't have to open against Doctor Strange. C'mon guys, DreamWorks needs another success, and the film cost $120 million to make. You can't just toss it away, not after two films doing well.
Alien: Covenant is now set to open 8/4/2017, and a new Predator film (Shane Black's film? Or a full reboot?) is set for 3/2/2018. Tim Burton's often-moved-around Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children went from Christmas Day of this year to 9/30/2016, which is probably a good slot for it given that it's a Burton dark fantasy film and it's close to Halloween. Taking its place is a movie called Why Him?, while drama The Mountain Between Us - formerly set for 2/10/2017 - no longer has a release date.
Speaking of Fox and DreamWorks, Kung Fu Panda 3 is now on track to become the highest grossing animated movie in China, as it now has made a spectacular $144 million. A few more millions and it'll unseat Monkey King: Hero is Back. I remember a few weeks ago, there was all this hubbub about the movie's release date being a bad decision and that it blew up in their faces... Clearly that's not the case anymore! It's hanging on quite well here, too. I work at a movie theater, a Cinemark venue to be exact, it sold out earlier today. The picture is sure to circle $150 million domestically when all is said and done. It's not even out in many territories yet, so this will do quite well in the end.
Hopefully we'll get an update on DreamWorks' release dates, because some of the films I feel should move...
What do you think of this news?