Deadline have reported that Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson has had its 2014 release date pushed forward from 8th August to 25th July. This new date will now enable the Brett Ratner-directed movie to open unopposed, which in turn should maximise its opening weekend gross potential.
The film based on the comic books by Radical Publishing. There are in the series, The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush, so further films could be developed if the film is a success.
Paramount and MGM said that the Dwayne Johnson-starrer Hercules, originally scheduled for wide release on August 8, 2014, will now open July 25, 2014. Brett Ratner is directing the pic, which is being eyed as a franchise. The movie’s original date fell a week after the one staked out by Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Now Hercules has a date to itself for the time being, and comes a week after Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: There And Back Again, the final installment of that trilogy; and Fox’s sequel X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Summer 2014 is already looking like a very packed movie-going season and it does remain to be seen as to whether Dwayne Johnson will be capable of opening a big-budget blockbuster without the comfort of an ensemble cast.
The most notable development from this announcement is that The Hobbit: There And Back Again is currently scheduled to open in the US and UK on 18th July against X-Men: Days of Future Past. It seems baffling to consider that two of the most anticipated movies of 2014 will be opening against one another, which could potentially stunt both of their long-term box-office potential. It will be interesting to see which studio blinks first and moves their big-budget movie to a different date, though there is also a strong possibility that this won’t happen.