Sad news for Power Rangers fans exciting to see their return on the big screen next year. The summer adventure has now become a winter release as it gets delayed 6 months. Originally set to open on July 22, 2016 it will now hit on January 13, 2017. While January was long considered a month to dump potential bombs by the studio, this early winter month has, in recent years, proven to be a lucrative slot in the schedule with fewer blockbusters competing against each other. At this time, Power Rangers is opening up against the animated adventure Boss Baby about a suit-wearing briefcase-carrying toddler who teams up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. It sounds like both movies will be competing for the same audience.
Lionsgate has also shifted release dates for a number of its other upcoming releases. Criminal, starring Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, has moved from August 21 of this year to January 22, 2016. In the action thriller, the memories and skills of a CIA agent are implanted into the brain of a dangerous criminal in order to stop an international terrorist. It will go up against the New Testament drama Risen and the horror thriller The Boy starring The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan.
Dirty Grandpa has moved from August 12, 2016 to February 26, 2016. The comedy stars Robert De Niro and Zac Efron as a grandfather and his son who set out on an adventure. It now opens against the Ben-Hur remake and will have to compete with the like-minded Grimsby, the latest comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen, which centers on a soccer hooligan forced to help his secret agent brother. Gods of Egypt, an action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, moves from Febuary 12, 2016 to the now lucrative spring slot of April 8, 2016. It faces off against the Melissa McCarthy comedy Michelle Darnell and the Jesse Owens biopic Race.
Lionsgate has also handed out two fresh release dates to the previously unscheduled American Ultra and La La Land. American Ultra will open in theaters this summer on August 21. It stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Walton Goggins, Topher Grace, Connie Britton , John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Tony Hale. The story follows a stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence, which is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out. It opens against the Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin drama Me Before You, the anticipated horror sequel Sinister 2 and the dramedy Grandma starring Lily Tomlin as the title character.
La La Land reteams Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a modern take on the Hollywood musical which follows Sebastian and Mia, who are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. It opens July 15, 2016, where it will go up against Ice Age 5.