‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Release Moved Up Two Months by DreamWorks Animation

The 3D family film had already been shifted out of the 2015 holiday season to avoid “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

“Kung Fu Panda 3” is on the move again. DreamWorks Animation and distributor 20th Century Fox have shifted the 3D sequel up two months — to Jan. 29, 2016 from March 18, 2016.

The third installment in the powerhouse family franchise was originally set for release on Dec. 23 of this year, but was pushed after the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was set for Dec. 18, one week earlier.

Sony’s “The 5th Wave,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and “The Finest Hours,” a Coast Guard drama starring Chris Pine from Disney, will be the competition on the new date for “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

The first two “Kung Fu Panda” movies together earned nearly $1.3 billion in global grosses. Jack Black will be back to voice Panda Po, and Rebel Wilson, Bryan Cranston and Seth Rogen will chime in as well.

DreamWorks Animation has struggled in recent years and is in the midst of a massive restructuring. It has received a boost from its latest release, “Home.” The tale of a friendly alien invader — featuring the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Jim Parsons — has taken in nearly $130 million domestically and $243 million worldwide.