Surprise: 'Mission: Impossible 5' Is Coming Out This Summer Instead of Christmas

Surprise: 'Mission: Impossible 5' Is Coming Out This Summer Instead of Christmas

Jan 26, 2015

Movie release dates slide around all the time, but big studio movies usually tend to pick a date and stick with it. After all, the reason they're called tentpoles is because they're massive enough and important enough that they're supposed to lodge into place and support everything around them.

When a tentpole's release date changes, it's usually because a studio needs even more time to work on a movie. That's why it's a bit of a shocker that Paramount is shifting Mission: Impossible 5's release date by five months. They're not delaying it, though. It was supposed to come out on December 25, 2015. Now it's being pulled all the way up to July 31, 2015.

The studio didn't give a precise reason for the change, but it's not too complicated to figure it out. A Christmas release means it'd be competing directly with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The next traditional opportunity to release a tentpole is in November around Thanksgiving, but this year that spot has been carved out by James Bond's latest, SPECTRE. So instead of battling both of those titans, which are pretty much guaranteed to suck in $1 billion box office numbers, Paramount has advanced all the way up to the summer.

Of course, it's probably no coincidence that it's opening on the same weekend Guardians of the Galaxy did last year, which is a spot that surprised everyone by proving that releasing something at the end of summer can actually make more money than all of the movies released at the start of summer.

Now that M:I5 is coming out just six months from now, you can probably expect the trailers and images - and even the official title - to start dripping in even sooner. And that'll be great, because as of right now the only thing we really know about the movie is that it's being directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and that at some point Tom Cruise will cling to the side of a plane as it takes off.





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