The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the movie reboot of 80s cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now scheduled for release on 6th June 2014. It was originally due to hit cinemas on 16th May next year but was pushed back by three weeks to avoid clashing against the much-hyped Godzilla reboot.
Here’s the scoop:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the live-action, CG hybrid movie about the crime-fighting reptiles, has been moved from a May 16, 2014, release to June 6, 2014, Paramount announced Wednesday.
It was recently announcedthat Megan Fox will star in the film, which is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Fox will play April O’Neil, the human friend of the Ninja Turtles.
Actors for the roles of the Ninjas – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael – have not been announced. Those characters will be motion-captured.
While the original May date would have pitted the film against Warner Bros.’ untitled Godzilla project, the new date remains open from competition for now.
While the date-shift is a very smart move in terms of maximising the film’s opening weekend box-office potential, the film will now be opening a week before the long-awaited Jurassic Park IV (13th June 2014) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (20th June 2014).
This very strong release schedule suggests that the box-office gross for the Turtles reboot may be very front-loaded, with several big-budget sequels competing for similar audiences.
Perhaps the film would be better suited for release on 9th May 2014, where it would compete against Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with the latter entering its second weekend. This date would potentially allow Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles an opportunity to secure a firmer footing at the box-office before the succession of proven heavyweights arrive in June.