Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have delayed “Monster Trucks” from Christmas Day to March 18, 2016, it was announced Tuesday.
“Monster Trucks” will now go head-to-head with “The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1.” The film also pulls into theaters just one week before box office behemoth “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Paramount also has “Beverly Hills Cop” scheduled for release on March 25, 2016, but seeing as there hasn’t been any movement on that project for months, and the studio wouldn’t likely release two big movies on top of each other, expect the Eddie Murphy sequel to be significantly delayed.
Chris Wedge directed “Monster Trucks,” which stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Thomas Lennon and Danny Glover. Mary Parent produced the film, which was teased last month at CinemaCon to mixed response.
“Monster Trucks” had been slated to open on Christmas Day, which would likely be another competitive frame this year. Releases include Will Smith‘s “Concussion,” Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant,” Jennifer Lawrence’s “Joy,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Snowden,” WB/Alcon’s “Point Break” remake and the animated sequel “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.”