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STX Bumps ‘The Space Between Us’ From 2016 to Avoid ‘Passengers’

Film moves from Dec. 16 to Feb. 3

STX’s sci-fi romance drama “The Space Between Us” has been moved to a Feb. 3 release, TheWrap has learned.

The film was originally scheduled debut Dec. 16, during a very crowded Christmas season that includes another outer-space romance, Sony’s “Passengers,” which will premiere Dec. 21.

The movie stars Asa Butterfield as Gardner Elliot, a boy born to an astronaut mother who dies during his birth on Mars as he travels to Earth for the first time to meet a girl he’s been communicating with online. However, his body isn’t built for Earth’s atmosphere, and scientists race to try to transport him back. Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson also star.

A source with knowledge of the film said “The Space Between Us” has been granted a release slot in China and is expected to open there in late January or February, making the new date more closely aligned with the film’s debut in the world’s second-largest movie market. STX recently received a strategic investment from one of China’s largest media companies, entertainment and tech conglomerate Tencent.

Peter Chelsom directed the movie, which was written by Allan Loeb. The story was created by Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis and Loeb. Lewis is the film’s producer.