The reason for Jupiter Ascending's delay to 2015

News Simon Brew 10 Jun 2014 - 06:29

Edge Of Tomorrow may have been the reason that The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending has been delayed to next year...

Last week, it was revealed that Warner Bros was pushing back its second standalone sci-fi blockbuster of the summer, Jupiter Ascending, to 2015. The film, which stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, has been directed by the Wachowskis, and was originally set for release at the end of July. It's all change though, as Warner Bros has now announced a new release date of February 6th 2015 for the movie.

So what happened? One explanation is that it allows a little more time to work on the editing and visual effects for the movie. But it seems that the real reason is linked to Edge Of Tomorrow. Fearing unimpressive box office numbers on the Tom Cruise-headlined movie, which opened at third place at the US box office last weekend, Warner Bros opted to move Jupiter Ascending, else risk two potentially sizeable losses in the same financial quarter.

Edge Of Tomorrow, incidentally, is playing well outside of the US, and should comfortably match its near-$180m production budget. The film is up to $140m worldwide so far, and continues to enjoy strong word of mouth (rightly so, too). However, it's not the juggernaut that a strongly-reviewed (not least by us) Tom Cruise film once would have been. And that, ultimately, seems to be what's cost Jupiter Ascending its summer slot.

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Edge of Tomorrow deserves to do well, its a great film.

A film that does supposedly poorly in the US but very well elsewhere seems to be a trend with most movies these days. The US studios keep forgetting about the international market before they label a film flop.

Edge of tomorrow was brilliant, a perfect summer film

Mila Kunis has found more toilets to clean?

I've watched Edge of Tomorrow and I loved it, best TC movie in ages.

I was looking forward to watching this movie, but since some suit has decided it has to be moved I guess we'll just have to wait.

People are sick of Tom Cruise appearing in everything.

With her big beady eyes!

Having just been to see Edge Of Tomorrow last night I can confirm that it was a great fun, entertaining romp and Tom Cruise was great, but Emily Blunt was just as brilliant!

True. The international market may save it from being a flop. But with a budget of $180 million it's got a long way to go to make the kind of returns the producers would have been hoping for (no film has ever broken $400 million failing to make $100 million domestic-this will take a LOT less in the end). As this film's box office is probably quite front loaded it'll easily make it's money back but can't see it making much of a profit. Which means the media will work it into their "Tom Cruise has lost his box office draw" narrative,
Which is a shame because I've only heard good things about it.

'Americans' are sick of Tom Cruise appearing in everything.

Rest of the World thinks otherwise according to that report.

I thought beady eyes were the opposite of big eyes.

Sick of nonsense statements like this, more like.

I would watch every film if every film had Tom Cruise in it.

I really didn't see the big deal with Edge of Tomorrow to be honest. Just felt like watching someone who was really really bad at video games getting stuck at the same part over, and over. Also the ending felt like it was studio forced to me.

However I was looking forward to Jupiter Ascending so it's bad news tbh. Im all for original science fiction, just didn't see why everyone loved edge of tomorrow so much.

Its not JA's fault EOT's 3rd act ended with a whimper!

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