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February 13, 2018

‘The Predator’ and ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Dropped From Summer Release

20th Century Fox pushed back the release dates on two of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters.

Two of 2018’s most anticipated releases have fallen further down the release calendar. has received word that 20th Century Fox is removing Alita: Battle Angel from its original July 20th release date to reposition it for a December 21st hot seat. And Shane Black’s return to The Predator is dropping out of its nearly competition-free August 3rd weekend and being repositioned on the desolate doldrums of September 14th. This is not the boldest vote in confidence from the studio. Should we be worried?

The Predator won’t have much opposition to slay that new weekend, either, fortunately. Its biggest challenger will be the canine caveman saga Alpha. But Alita: Battle Angel will now be surrounded by Holiday titans. December 21st also has Aquaman, the next big splash from the DC Extended Universe, as well as the Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly buddy detective comedy Holmes & Watson. Not to mention there’s the launch of the Peter Jackson produced teen adventure Mortal Engines and Miles Morales’ big screen debut in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse the weekend before. And, oh yeah, Mary Poppins will dominate Christmas Day. Alita’s firepower and anime eyes certainly can’t contend against Disney’s spoonful of sugar.

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