Everyone remembers when Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice initially had the same release date, right? Ultimately it was the latter that blinked and moved, but even if it hadn’t, releasing two similar, giant movies on the same day is a bad for everyone. Release dates are a tricky thing for studios to get right. For decades the biggest movies always came out in summer, but the cinematic landscape has changed so much in just the last 10 years that a summer blockbuster can come out in the dead of winter.
These days it’s more important for a studio to examine when the competition is releasing movies, and one of the best ways to preemptively defend against a competitor (aside from simply making a great movie, of course) is to stake our your release date long in advance and hope the project exudes enough confidence that competitors back off. With that in mind, Fox has just laid claim to release dates for over a dozen movies, from superheroes to dramas to some of its biggest movies of all time.
Murder on the Orient Express – November 10, 2017
Untitled Spielberg Pentagon Papers Movie – December 22, 2017
The Red Sparrow – March 2, 2018
New Mutants – April 13, 2018
Deadpool 2 – June 1, 2018
The Predator – August 3, 2018
Dark Phoenix – Nov 2, 2018
Windows – November 16, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody – December 26, 2018
Avatar 2 – December 18, 2020
Avatar 3 – December 17, 2021
Avatar 4 – December 20, 2024
Avatar 5 – December 19, 2025
Start marking your calendars now. Though maybe don’t write those Avatar dates in permanent marker just yet. James Cameron’s sequels have shuffled release dates many, many times and it’ll be a little surprising if they still don’t change slightly.