STAR WARS Scares Off KUNG FU PANDA 3; Release Date Pushed to March 18, 2016

     December 11, 2014

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When Disney plopped the first new Star Wars film in a decade on the December 18, 2015 weekend, we knew there would be casualties.  No studio wants its movie to be in the wake of what’s sure to be a massive box office run, and we now have another causality to Star Wars’ dominance.  DreamWorks Animation has moved the Kung Fu Panda 3 release date from its previous holiday debut of December 23, 2015, pushing the animated sequel all the way to March 18, 2016.  The new date sets the film opposite the release of Lionsgate’s The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, which is the first half of the conclusion to the Divergent franchise.

Hit the jump for more, including release date shifts for Pan and Warner Bros.’ horror film Gallows.

kung-fu-panda-3-imageThe release date shift news comes courtesy of Variety.  DreamWorks Animation currently has the Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey-led Boss Baby scheduled for March 18, 2016, so that will have to be moved.  The studio has been doing some major shuffling lately, with its summer 2015 release B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations expected to be pushed back as well.  DWA’s next film is the sci-fi comedy Home, scheduled for March 27, 2015.

As for December 2015, the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Sisters (previously titled The Nest) remains scheduled to open the same weekend as Star Wars, with Mission: Impossible 5 and David O. Russell’s Jennifer Lawrence-led Joy slated for Christmas Day.  It’s not as if everything can just move out of the way for The Force Awakens, so I imagine these films will hold steady for the time being.

Additionally, Warner Bros. has pushed Joe Wright’s fantastical reimagining Pan back a week from July 17, 2015 to July 24th.  This moves it away from Marvel’s Ant-Man, and it will now square off against the Adam Sandler Sony comedy Pixels, Fox’s Poltergeist remake, and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, though I imagine one or more of those films will shift.  WB also moved up its horror film Gallows from October 2015 to July 10, 2015, putting it directly opposite Minions.

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