The Martian Moves Release Date to Avoid Competition with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 2

Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 10:02AM
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Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 10:02AM
The Martian Moves Release Date to Avoid Competition with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 2
The odds will be much more in The Martian's favor now that it's moving its release date; it was originally scheduled to open on November 25, only five days after the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise. The Martian will now open on October 2, which gives it the opportunity to dominate the box office without any juggernauts competing for the same audience.

Although it wasn't opening on the same day as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt II, it was certainly opening in its afterglow, which was not prudent. The two films don't have exactly the same demographic, but they would have pulled a lot of the same audience, especially since it's right around Thanksgiving and families would be looking for crowd-pleasing fare.

Fox likely realized that the film had the potential to dominate its own month at the box office, especially after the hype surrounding the first (and awesome) trailer. The Martian is becoming more anticipated by the minute, especially as a result of its pedigree. The film has big names like Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover on its side, not to mention a built-in fanbase, as it's based on an extremely popular book by Andy Weir.



The Martian won't face any stiff competition on October 2; it opens on the same day as sports drama Creed and Disney's The Good Dinosaur, and a week before the live-action Pan film and the biopic Steve Jobs, all of which will pull very different audiences. It likely would have stolen some box office from the Daniel Radcliffe starrer Victor Frankenstein, but as the two films are coming from the same studio, Victor is falling on his grenade and moving to the November 25 release date. 

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