Following great viewing numbers for the release of the first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, Fox decided to pull a release date switcheroo, moving the sci-fi feature starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars to Oct. 2 from its previous Nov. 25 date. At the same time they moved the Daniel Radcliffe starrer Victor Frankenstein, which previously occupied the October date, into that November release slot.
Fox’s move, however, is now causing a bit of a ripple effect with the first casualty being Gramercy’s London Has Fallen, which has left the Oct. 2 date and now shuffled off to January 22, 2016. The film, a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, is probably best suited for the cinematic dead zone anyway.
Meanwhile, The Martian will still be facing off against Adam Jones starring Bradley Cooper, The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the limited release of Tom Hardy‘s Legend on Oct. 2 making for a rather packed weekend.
One last note, Sony has dated The Equalizer 2 for September 29, 2017. Denzel Washington is expected to return, but not word on a director or if Chloe Grace Moretz will also be back.