Universal Pictures has owned the 2015 box office. It’s not even close right now. The only studio that could possibly take over the top spot is Disney, and that’s only because they have the new Star Wars film being released in December. No other studio has a chance, including Warner Bros.
As it stands right now, it looks like the studio will come in a distant third on the year, which is a bit disappointing after taking the top spot back in 2013. As most of you know, the studio’s biggest film, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, was originally scheduled for a July 2015 release. Obviously, their box office numbers would be significantly higher if they had released it last month.
But they decided to push the film back to March 2016. It was a decision that confused a lot of people. So what happened? Why did they do it? Well, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara talked to THR to discuss the studio’s plans for the future, and to explain the Batman delay.
“It was a tough decision at the time because it was going to create a hole in 2015. But it was absolutely the right decision for the franchise, for DC and the movie. Having seen the movie multiple times, and again last night, I’m extremely confident it was the right decision to make the movie better. And it’s so important for the studio to get the foundation right on DC.”
You have to respect that. You won’t find many studios showing patience like that. They knew they were going to take a hit this summer, but they wanted to make sure they were putting out the best movie possible. It’s hard to argue with that as a fan.
We’ll see how the decision works out for the studio when the film is released March 25, 2016. Suicide Squad follows up with a scheduled August 5, 2016 release date.[mashshare]