According to Deadline, audiences will have to wait until March 2018 to see actor John Boyega step into a world full of Jaegers and Kaiju. This delay, however, is peculiar. Uprising was originally scheduled to release on Feb. 23, 2018, which is a week after Marvel’s Black Panther release. Was this purely a move to make the most bank at the box office?
For comparison’s sake, Pacific Rim opened during the same month (July 2013) as Despicable Me 2 and on the same weekend as Grown Ups 2. Pacific Rim cashed-in a $37.2 million opening weekend and ended up grossing $411 million worldwide (domestic: $101.8 million, foreign: $309.2 million). Warner Bros. made back its production budget of $190 million, so the film held its own.
So what gives? Maybe Universal Pictures got cold feet and felt Black Panther would absolutely decimate its domestic box office numbers? Whatever the reason, Uprising is now looking at a release one week after Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider and on the same weekend as Jamie Foxx’s Robin Hood.