Guy Ritchie’s untitled King Arthur film is moving to Presidents Day weekend. Warner Bros said today the film starring Charlie Hunnam as the British folk hero will open February 17, 2017. It’s part of a plan to capitalize on kids on winter break holidays — not just here in the States but also overseas, where the title is being prepped to roll out throughout Western Europe. The pic had been slated for July 22, 2016.
After seeing the success of February hits last year like 20th Century Fox’s The Kingsman: The Secret Service, which made $128.3M at the domestic B.O. and another $286M abroad, WB is hoping to emulate similar success with Ritchie’s version of the classic tale. Furthermore, the director’s Sherlock Holmes series has played strongly during the winter months. On its new date, King Arthur rubs up against Sony’s Bad Boys 3 and Fox’s YA trilogy finale Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
Taking King Arthur’s place on July 22 is the newly titled New Line horror film Lights Out, produced by Saw/Furious 7 filmmaker James Wan. The film was pushed from its original September 9 release date to late summer after Warner Bros dated Clint Eastwood and Village Roadshow’s Sully for that date last week. An adaptation of a short by David Sandberg, Lights Out follows a woman who is terrorized by a creature that appears when the lights go out. It will counterprogram a pair of high-profile sequels: Paramount/Skydance’s Star Trek Beyond and Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course.