2017 has a ton of major releases coming out in just about every shape and form imaginable. So much so that studios are seemingly having trouble trying to find space to ensure their movies have a chance to make the money they need. That being the case, Warner Bros. has just shifted the release dates for a couple of their big releases next year.
Warner Bros. announced that the release dates for both Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the horror sequel Annabelle 2 have moved. Starting with King Arthur, the movie was originally slated to come out on March 24, 2017, but they have now positioned it as a legitimate summer blockbuster. The movie is slated to come out on May 12th, making it the major release for Mother's Day Weekend. In its original March release date, Guy Ritchie's take on the legend of King Arthur would have been going head-to-head with the new Power Rangers reboot.
Now, another Warner Bros. release, the Dax Shephard directed CHiPs, will be going up against Power Rangers on March 24. It was originally slated to come out on August 11. King Arthur would have also been coming out just a week after Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, which will surely still be bringing in major money that weekend.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which stars Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, is still going to be facing some stiff competition. It is coming out just a week after Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Being that the first teaser trailer for the movie just became the second most viewed teaser in a 24-hour period (behind Beauty and the Beast), James Gunn's follow up to Guardians of the Galaxy is likely to crush in its second weekend as well. On May 19, just a week after King Arthur comes out, Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant is set to come out.
Speaking of Alien: Covenant, 20th Century Fox recently bumped up the release date of that movie by nearly three months and the move has prompted a lot of release date shifting. Originally, that is where Warner Bros. had Annabelle 2 slated, but Alien: Covenant seems like it will be taking away any chance of the Annabelle sequel having the big weekend it potentially could. So, Warner Bros. has moved it to August 11, 2017, instead. That puts it up against Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, but those movies aren't likely to be competing for the same audience, so it could actually work as a good bit of counterprogramming. Alien: Covenant also prompted Sony to shift the release date of their R-rated Baywatch, which stars Dwayne Johnson, to a week later on May 26.
The original Annabelle, a spinoff to the incredibly successful The Conjuring, made a staggering $256 million worldwide working from a very tiny $6.5 million production budget. The movie wasn't quite what fans were hoping for, but Annabelle 2 has Lights Out director David F. Sandberg at the helm, so that is providing some serious promise. As for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword? Putting it right in the heart of the summer implies that Warner Bros. has a lot of confidence in it, or at the very least they thought Beauty and the Beast and Power Rangers would be too much to handle.