When a studio moves a film into the middle of the summer it means that they think it’s going to destroy the box office with its pinky finger. And that’s precisely what Warner Bros. has just done with Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending.
So what is Jupiter Ascending? It’s a film that stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne. It’s about a human that’s on the run from The Queen of the Universe. Yes, it’s a science fiction epic and it’s due out July 25, 2014.
Obviously, Warner Bros. feels strongly that the film is going to go gangbusters and win everything. The Brothers Warner are actually pretty good at scheduling summer blockbusters and if they believe in something, it usually means it’s got something going for it (they totally didn’t believe in the Justice League, which is why it’s stalling out so much).
And really, for Warners to endorse something from the Wachowski’s is pretty damn neat. They haven’t had a tentpole feature since The Matrix. Although I really loved last year’s Cloud Atlas.
The film is set to do box office battle with The Rock and Brett Ratner’s Hercules movie. So there’s that. Science fiction is pretty popular right now, and despite The Rock’s charming personality and action skills I can’t see it beating Jupiter unless it looks terrible.
Warner Bros. also announced a date for Robert De Niro’s boxing movie Grudge Match, which also stars Sly Stallone. That movie has been moved from November 15, 2013 to January 10, 2014, which probably means it’s not as good as they thought. See, a November release indicates potential Oscar potential. A January release means it wouldn’t sell at any other point in the year. [Deadline]