It was a busy day for scheduling release dates today as many films have shifted to different days. The most drastic one being Star Wars: Episode VIII which got bumped back 7 months to a December 15, 2017 release date. The Rian Johnson directed film has just started shooting but the most likely reason for the shift is to be in a season where they know can make the most money. The Force Awakens is destroying box office records in its December release so it only makes sense to have its sequel take that month as well.
Also, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and other big blockbusters coming out in May 2017, it is only logical to get away from them and move to a time where they can make the most that they know they can make.
Taking over Episode VIII’s date is the fifth installment in the Pirate of the Caribbean franchise. Dead Men Tell No Tales was supposed to hit theaters on July 7 but will now hit on May 26 of 2017.
Switching from Disney to Sony, the upcoming Spider-Man reboot and Jumanji remake have received new release dates. Spider-Man, directed by Jon Watts, will hit theaters 3 weeks earlier than expected as it gets a July 7, 2017 date and Jumanji, which was supposed to debut this December, gets pushed back to Spider-Man’s previous date of July 28, 2017.