THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN: Warner Bros. and New Line are extending the Hobbit wait by five months, deciding to move The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the final installment in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, from July 14, 2014 to December 17, 2014. It was looking at X-Men: Days of Future Past as its July competition. Now it faces Universal’s Minions and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, both of which open two days later on December 19.
2 GUNS: Universal is moving their Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg thriller 2 Guns from August 16, 2013 to August 2.
KICK-ASS 2: Moving into the vacated August 16 slot is Kick-Ass 2, which was previously slated for June 28 where it would have faced off against the Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy R-rated comedy The Heat and Roland Emmerich’s White House Down. Now it’s up against Fox’s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and The To-Do List starring Aubrey Plaza.
THE BLING RING: A24 has set a June 14, 2013 release date for Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring starring Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien and Taissa Farmiga in the true story of a group of teenagers who commit a string of celebrity burglaries.
THE SPECTACULAR NOW: A24 also set a release date for their Sundance acquisition The Spectacular Now starring Shailene Woodley (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Descendants) and Miles Teller. The film, directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed) will hit theaters on August 2, 2013.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: Finally, Paramount has set their major 2014 Oscar contender, Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, for a November 15 release.
The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, based on Jordan Belfort’s tell-all autobiography, is hitting theaters on a busy weekend that already includes the Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone boxing comedy Grudge Match, Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor written by Cormac McCarthy and the Wikileaks story The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch. I have to assume one of those films is going to have to move.