Two highly anticipated films are moving release dates once again.
“Mortal Kombat,” an adaptation of the popular video game, has been delayed a week.
The Warner Bros. fantasy-action film was originally scheduled for April 16 and is instead coming out on April 23. It will premiere both in movie theaters and on HBO Max.
The postponement comes the day before Warner Bros. plans to release another tentpole, “Godzilla vs. Kong.” Film exhibitors have been optimistic about the arrival of the big-budget clash of the titans, which has already done notable business overseas. “Godzilla vs. Kong” has made $121 million at the international box office to date. It’s done especially well in China, generating $70 million on opening weekend. By pushing “Mortal Kombat,” the studio hopes to space out the potential blockbusters in an effort to avoid cannibalizing ticket sales.
The other film shifting release dates is the Sony Venom sequel.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage will now hit theaters a week later than previously announced, on September 24.
The Venom sequel will have the full suite of 3D, IMAX and premium large format screens. It will open opposite Paramount’s Antoine Fuqua actioner Infinite, Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, Michael Showalter’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of acclaimed Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen.
Andy Serkis directs the sequel with Tom Hardy reprising his role as the spider anti-hero. Michelle Williams is back as well in addition to Woody Harrelson as villain Carnage. Stephen Graham, Naomie Harris and Reid Scott also star.
Good things come to those who wait. If we only have to wait a week longer to see these films it’s not the worst thing. Films like Godzilla vs Kong, Black Widow, and Wonder Woman 1984 saw multiple release date shifts that went on for multiple months and in some cases a full year.