‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ Moves Up Two Weeks Amid Release-Date Shuffle – Updated

last weekend Warner Bros. Not only is Sony getting a jump on summer, but it's clear there is an appetite for family movies as the pandemic calms; i.e. theatrical release of Tom & Jerry overperformed with a $14.1M opening weekend — and that's with a same-day release on HBO Max.
Sony Pictures today pushed its family sequel's release back to July 2, just two weeks after it had pushed the date up from June 11 to May 14. UPDATED, March 19: The bunny trail to theaters just got a little longer for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.
The hope is that by Easter weekend, the Los Angeles county theaters will be open, however, that's on pure industry speculation.
PREVIOUSLY, March 3: In a positive sign for exhibition, and NYC reopening this Friday, Sony is moving up their release of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway from June 11 to May 14.
Filmmaker Will Gluck returned to direct the sequel. The first Peter Rabbit debuted in 2018 and ultimately grossed $351M WW.
It's a case of good news/bad news for exhibition in that it puts a popular family franchise film into the normally busy Independence Day holiday frame — the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year — but takes an event film away from the May calendar just as more theaters are reopening after long Covid shutdowns.
May 21's wide entries are Lionsgate's Spiral and 20th Century Studios' Free Guy. Peter Rabbit 2 would face off against Warner Bros./HBO Max adult western Those Who Wish Me Dead on its opening date as well as Roadside Attractions' Finding You. Currently, Disney/Marvel's Black Widow is still dated for May 7, as summer's theatrical opener. TBD whether that sticks or not as it relies on a number of foreign markets also being open. ” /> Memorial Day weekend, May 28, lineup includes Disney's Cruella, Universal's F9, and Paramount's Infinite.
The move comes just hours after after Paramount announced that its Top Gun: Maverick exited its July 2 slot and Blumhouse's The Forever Purge is taking that date. 2ND UPDATE, 12:12 PM: The bunny trail is busy again. Sony said today that its Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is moving up two weeks from Fourth of July weekend to June 18.
As of now, Peter Rabbit 2 will go up against only one other wide release that weekend, Paramount's long-gestating sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel's cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden as Peter Rabbit.

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