In a surprising move, 20th Century Fox has pushed back Oliver Stone’s anticipated sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” several months from its scheduled April 23rd bow to an early Fall opening on September 24th.
According to Screen Daily, the move gives Stone time to polish the film (he’s expected to trim it a little more) and allows for a gala screening of the movie at the Cannes Film Festival in May and possibly a North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
One of the other big reasons though is one that we’ll likely hear several other films use in coming weeks – avoidance of clashing with the FIFA World Cup in South Africa which runs from June 11th to July 11th.
The event means many international Summer release schedules have already been locked down tight. Thus, had the film begun its international rollout after Cannes, it would’ve likely hurt the box-office in territories where the football/soccer is expected to have a major negative impact on cinema ticket sales.
In the much quieter September slot, I’m guessing the film has more of a chance of getting a day-and-date release in many global markets.