Fox announced a slew of new and shifted release dates tonight, highlighted by 2016 slots for Gambit, the X-Men spinoff starring Channing Tatum (October 7), and vidgame adaptation Assassin’s Creed (December 21). Alongside a number of other moves is news that the untitled next Planet Of The Apes sequel has been pushed by a year, moving from July 2016 to July 14, 2017. Last year’s latest film in the veteran franchise, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, banked $708M worldwide.
Three other Fox films also got wide release dates: Hugh Jackman starrer The Greatest Showman On Earth, Hollywood first new live-action musical with all original songs since 1992’s Newsies, will unspool on Christmas Day 2016. The Mountain Between Us, starring Rosamund Pike and Charlie Hunnam as plane-crash survivors, opens in time for Valentine’s weekend on February 10, 2017, and Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, about two brothers whose ad online ad to find plus-ones goes viral, is taking the July 29, 2016, slot vacated by the Apes sequel. Meanwhile, Fox also moved The Fantastic Four 2 up by five weeks to June 2, 2017, its former spot going to the Apes pic.
Gambit will open against Universal’s Monster High and Warner Bros’ Live By Night. Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender, which was pushed from its August 2015, date in September, now will face off against an untitled Illumination Entertainment pic. Mountain Between Us will butt heads with an untitled Warner Animation Group project. Greatest Showman On Earth has Christmas Day 2016 to itself for the moment, opening four days after Assassin’s Creed. Also flying solo in their new dates for now are Fantastic Four 2, Mike & Dave and Planet Of The Apes sequel, though the primates attack theaters a week after the next Pirates Of The Caribbean romp.
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