No doubt about it, Steven Spielberg is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. From JAWS to E.T., and the most recent BRIDGE OF SPIES, there are few directors, if any, who carry the same weight and gravitas as him. But that didn’t stop WB from moving the legendary director’s latest film, READY PLAYER ONE, away from the upcoming STAR WARS EPISODE VIII release date.
As many folks know, Disney recently moved EPISODE VIII from May 2017 all the way to December 15 of the same year in order to (I’m assuming) replicate the success of THE FORCE AWAKENS, which has recently cracked $2 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Not wanting to be one of the victims of the mammoth that is STAR WARS, WB has opted to push Spielberg’s next film, READY PLAYER ONE back to MAY 30, 2018, a date clear of any lightsabers or Force users.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that this is a wise decision on WB’s part. While READY PLAYER ONE, a film based on a highly successful book of the same name, has the potential to be a huge hit, few films can compete with STAR WARS.
In addition to this change, WB has also pushed up THE FLASH by a week, moving it from March 23, 2018 to March 16, 2018. This is likely a move to make sure that THE FLASH doesn’t cannibalize the sales from READY PLAYER ONE, whose audiences are likely to overlap substantially.
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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo