Forget 2014, 2015 is on its way to being one of the most massive movie years in recent memory. The Avengers sequel, Batman vs. Superman, Star Wars and now Fifty Shades of Grey.
Entertainment Weekly's Nicole Sperling reports that Fifty Shades has bumped its release date from August 2014 to February 2015. A February release date is usually not a great sign for the quality of a movie, but one could always argue that it gives Universal a perfect Valentine's Day marketing platform for the sex-focused film.
Now, as Sperling points out, this makes the Fifty Shades release the centerpiece of an entire month, which it wouldn't have been in August, when it was set to go up against Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and possibly more with studios avoiding June and July because of the World Cup. "The strength of this book is really worldwide, so we want to be able to take advantage of women who are invariably on vacation with their families during the month of August in Europe," Universal's Donna Langley told Sperling.
But moving Fifty Shades into 2015 is more proof that it's going to be one hell of a year for highly anticipated movies. May has The Avengers: Age of Ultron, June has Jurassic World and Fantastic Four, July has Terminator, Batman vs. Superman, and Ant-Man, November has the next James Bond film and the final installment of The Hunger Games, and December has Star Wars: Episode VII. And we're still more than a year out from the start. That's not to say that 2014 isn't busy -- Summit will try to launch the Divergent franchise in March, and May has both The Amazing Spider-man 2 and X Men: Days of Future Past -- but there's something particularly fierce about what's coming in 2015.
Of course, it's early yet, and things could move around. Independence Day 2, just got bumped to 2016.