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In some good news for struggling theater owners, Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age is moving up its release in cinemas from Dec. 23 to Nov. 25.
Launching the sequel the day before Thanksgiving means that there will be two animated event pics on the holiday marquee unless Disney and Pixar’s Soul shifts its release plans.
Soul is currently scheduled for Nov. 20, the same day that MGM’s James Bond installment No Time to Die is also set to unfurl domestically.
Croods 2‘s shift comes as Hollywood studios once again rearrange their fall and winter calendars amid the challenges posed by the ongoing novel coronavirus. Wonder Woman 1984 has vacated its Oct. 2 date, while Black Widow is considering delaying its Nov. 6 release.
The Croods: A New Age features returning voice stars Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman. They’re joined by franchise newcomers Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann and Kelly Marie Tran.
The film, about the continuing adventures of a fun-loving prehistoric family, is directed by Joel Crawford (Trolls and Kung Fu Panda).
In 2013, the The Croods earned $587.2 million at the worldwide box office, including $187.2 million in North America.
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