20th Century Fox made a few tweaks to its schedule today, shifting Independence Day 2 from the crowded July 1, 2016 release date to June 24, 2016, while moving Hitman: Agent 47 up nearly six months from February 27, 2015 to August 28, 2015.
Independence Day 2, which is reportedly bringing back Jeff Goldblum to star, would have faced Sony's Angry Birds, Disney's The BFG and Warner Bros.' Tarzan on July 1, but now it only has to contend with Universal's Untitled Mummy Reboot one week earlier. No story details have been given for Independence Day 2, which will not feature the return of Will Smith .
Hitman: Agent 47, which stars Rupert Friend as the title character, will now face the Dimension Films thriller Regression on August 28, 2015, instead of going up against Warner Bros.' Focus and The Transporter Legacy on February 27, 2015. The plot is based on the video game of the same name, which follows a sole assassin who works for a sinister corporation.
Paramount has also shifted Hot Tub Time Machine 2 from Christmas Day 2014 to February 20, 2015, where it will face Open Road Films' The Gunman, Relativity's Jane Got a Gun and Disney's McFarland USA. The comedy follows Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke from the original on a quest to alter the future. The studio has also shifted Scouts Vs. Zombies from February 20, 2015 to a more fitting release date of October 30, 2015, just one day before Halloween, where it faces no direct competition yet. The horror-thriller stars Tye Sheridan and Logan Miller as Boy Scouts who try to save their town from a zombie invasion.
Finally, The Weinstein Company has moved its family comedy Paddington from December 25, 2014 to January 16, 2015, which puts it against Universal's Blackhat and Sony's The Wedding Ringer. With both Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Paddington vacating from Christmas Day, that leaves just Sony's The Interview, Disney's Into the Woods and Universal's Unbroken opening in wide release on December 25. The Weinstein Company has also moved Underdogs from January 16, 2015 to April 10, 2015, where it will face 20th Century Fox's The Longest Ride.