Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of Top Gun: Maverick and the Spongebob movie, and given the previously A Quiet Place Part 2 a new release date.
The new dates further highlight the fact that this will be the first year in a long time where we won’t really have a summer blockbuster season to speak of.
First on the list is the highly anticipated Tom Cruise sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The film was initially set to open at the beginning of the summer blockbuster season on June 24th. However, with nearly all major theater chains closed and the nation as a whole in a standstill, Paramount Pictures has decided to move Top Gun: Maverick from its June release date to December 23, 2020.
That was the date previously occupied by the Chris Pratt sci-fi flick The Tomorrow War, which will now move to an as-yet unknown premiere date.
While Top Gun: Maverick will no longer premiere during summer blockbuster season, it will come at a time that’s similarly well-known as a time for blockbuster event films. Without a Star Wars film or a superhero movie dropping in December, Top Gun: Maverick can still go on to become a blockbuster hit, given that it will premiere at a time when many families watch films together at the theater.
In addition to moving Top Gun: Maverick, Paramount Pictures has likewise delayed the release of the animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. The movie was initially set to release on Memorial Day, but will now move from that May 22 date to July 31.
Paramount Pictures has also set a new release date to horror film sequel A Quiet Place Part II. The film was initially set to debut on Friday, March 20. Like Top Gun: Maverick, A Quiet Place Part II will be released six months back from its original release. The film will now be released in theaters on September 4, which is Labor Day weekend.