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Re: Rock Dog

Postby Dacey » May 26th, 2017, 5:21 pm

Welp, Lionsgate got a hold of Early Man after all... ... s#/slide/1
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Re: Rock Dog

Postby EricJ » May 26th, 2017, 6:34 pm

Early Man will open on February 16, 2018 from Summit Entertainment as counter-programming against MarvelStudios’ blockbuster Black Panther.

Another sad victim of the Hollywood Superstition That Would Not Die. :(

Although February was for kids'-vacation movies, and the idea of an "unknown" Aardman film made them think it would be another Flushed Away or Pirates, and therefore "cannon fodder", how many more innocent martyrs must pile up to suffer, before studios see the light?
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Re: Rock Dog

Postby Ben » May 27th, 2017, 3:35 am

Well at least it'll be a hit in its home country. What a silly release date...just put it out the month earlier as in the UK!

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Re: Rock Dog

Postby LotsoA113 » May 27th, 2017, 8:02 am

I will say Trolls fared fine against Doctor Strange, Captain Underpants is tracking super well in the face of Wonder Woman, I can see why they think going up against a non-Avengers/Guardians superhero entry could work out OK especially over a holiday weekend like President's Day that's been lucrative for family movies in the past.

Trouble is, Early Man doesn't have the star power of Trolls and given Aardman's more mixed track record domestically, a release date in slightly more hospitable terrain (why didn't they go for the pre-Easter weekend that worked so well for The Boss Baby and other DreamWorks films while it was available?? Now it's Sherlock Gnomes opening weekend!) would be better as well as choosing not so formidable competition to go up against.
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