May 24, 2017

“Transformers” sequel changes its release date

By Sean O’Connell It’s inevitable. A summer blockbuster eager to screen for rabid, ticket-buying crowds moves its release date up a day or two, usually shifting from a Friday to a Wednesday to bolster its weekend box office number and get the jump on the competition.

This summer, the first film to jump will be Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which has shifted its release date from Friday, July 1, to Wednesday, June 29, Paramount announced.

That gives the big-budget sequel a serious head start heading into the July 4 movie-going weekend, usually the most lucrative frame of the summer season. Not that “Transformers” necessarily needs it. Bay’s sequel will be battling against the teen rom-com “Monte Carlo” and Tom Hanks’ directorial effort “Larry Crowne.” If anything, it may cut into Disney-Pixar’s business for “Cars 2,” which opens on June 24 and now has fewer days to pad its bank before Bay and crew come smashing through theaters.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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