In what seems to be the hot new thing to do, another big studio superhero movie has moved to a later release date in order to reap the rewards of a limited number of other blockbusters to challenge it. But will this work for another hero team-up movie?
Box Office Mojo announced on Thursday that the Fantastic Four reboot would be moving from its original June 19, 2015 release to a later one, August 7. This move is similar to what Marvel did with the recent release of Guardians of the Galaxy, which has gone on to be one of the biggest hits of the year.
But will this movie have the same success as Guardians? They want to try. As of now the only other movie on that date is the adaptation of Goosebumps with Jack Black starring, which could go either way. The next week is Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Universal's Straight Outta Compton, which both could do well but may not be able to dethrone a superhero movie.
The move has worked so far this year with Guardians becoming a box office juggernaut and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming out the next week and making big bucks leading to a sequel. Fox could be looking at these moves and realize that they could dominate a month of the box office with a team of up-and-coming stars playing superheroes.
It is an odd move though as production on the film is already done so the film will be finished way before this date, but it seems like money is winning this round with the studio.
Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank and stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.