Guardians of the Galaxy proved that the Marvel brand name is bigger than any of the titles the studio plans to release in the future, with this relatively unknown comic book adaption going onto become the biggest release of 2014. Other studios are well aware that any movie arriving under the Marvel umbrella will surely be a box office success. Especially Warner Bros., who moved their Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to get out of the way of Captain America: Civil War earlier this year. Now, they are shifting the release date of another movie, moving their Peter Pan reboot to get it out of the way of the incoming Ant-Man.
Both Ant-Man and Pan were set to be released on July 17th. Ant-Man will now enjoy this summer weekend to itself, while Pan moves to the far more crowded weekend of July 24th. There, it will face off against Sony's video game adventure Pixels, which seems like just as big a competitor as Ant-Man. Maybe even more so, as it combines the proven box office prowess of Adam Sandler with well-known video game characters that will pull in old and new audiences alike.
Also releasing on July 24 is Fox's often-delayed Poltergeist remake, which has not received good word of mouth, yet has a great ensemble cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris. It will also go up against the Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, which marks Amy Schumer's debut as a lead in a feature film.
Pan offers a a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, and follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny-to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. Will Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard be any match for a foul mouth comedian, a bunch of marauding ghosts, and Donkey Kong?