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The Questionable Release Date of “Pitch Perfect 2”

Pitch Perfect was a surprise hit in the September 2012.  I do not know what the studio’s original expectations were for the film (usually with a movie released in September/October, they are generally low), but with it gaining high critical praise and earning more than six times its budget, sequel talk quickly began.  A sequel became a sure thing with the DVD/Blu-Ray flew off the shelves during the 2012 holiday season.

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But then something strange happened.  It was announced that Pitch Perfect 2 was going to be released in 2015.  Zack and I were talking briefly about this the other day.  Why would Gold Circle Films and Universal wait three years before returning to these characters?  Pitch Perfect’s success was unexpected, and while I am not one who thinks a sequel needs to be pushed out for the sake of pushing it out, wouldn’t the window for a non-franchise follow-up be pretty small before audiences stop caring about it?

Granted, there are likely a lot of factors surrounding this decision.  The biggest one would probably be that Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks are all bankable stars (in Wilson’s case, Pitch Perfect really put her on the map), and are all in demand with various projects in various development stages.  Since a Pitch Perfect 2 was likely never part of the original plan, no contract was put in place for them to “reserve time” to film a potential sequel.  Getting these people back to star (and in Banks’s case, direct) would have to be worked around the other projects they are already on.  The 2015 date might just have been unavoidable due to scheduling issues (not too different from the long wait between JJ Abrams Star Trek films).

Running with the theory that any time before 2015 was not going to happen, something else perplexing happened: Pitch Perfect 2 is scheduled for summer 2015.  For those unaware, that summer is going to be an insane summer full of blockbusters including, but not limited to more Marvel movies, Fast & Furious 7, Tomorrowland, Jurassic Park 4, Despicable Me 3, Terminator 5, and Ted 2.  Up until recently, Star Wars and Batman/Superman were slated for that same summer.  2015’s summer movie season is going to be as busy if not more than 2013’s.  I know Pitch Perfect was a good, fun film, but can it really compete with these other movies?  Or will it lost in the shuffle.

Making matters even worse is that it is slated for release on May 15, a mere two weeks after The Avengers: Age of Ulton – the sequel to one of the biggest films ever made.  Regardless of quality, somehow I doubt that interest for that film will fade after two weeks.  I honestly do not see Pitch Perfect 2 being the success the studio might be hoping for and it pulling a X-Files: I Want to Believe (which flopped partly due to being released a week after The Dark Knight).  Wouldn’t it have been better/safer to release the film in the late spring or early fall – where there is less competition?

Like everything else, I do not want to be a doomsayer, but I am just perplexed at some of the scheduling decisions being made about Pitch Perfect 2.  Will there be enough interest for it to be successful?  And if there is, will it be enough to overcome all of the other popular films slated for release around the same time?

I guess it could be worse.  It could be like the upcoming Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – a sequel to a film that never made the pop-culture impact that Pitch Perfect did, but also lost its original lead and is coming out nearly 5 years after the original.  Yeah…good luck with that one.

~N

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5 responses to “The Questionable Release Date of “Pitch Perfect 2”

  1. CultureCast-Z March 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I didn’t even know there was a Hot Tub Time Machine 2 until like a week ago. What a horrible idea. That move barely made a blip when it was originally released four years ago this month.

    I can’t believe Universal has slated Pitch Perfect 2 for release in May 2015. That seems insane. Even if it is a hit, it will no doubt be largely affected by Avengers 2 and whatever other big summer spectacle comes out at that time period. Would it not make much more sense to release this thing in March 2015? Maybe even get it into theaters in October of *this* year if at all possible? Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

    • Nick! March 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Given that Elizabeth Banks has been tied up with the Hunger Games movies, having PP2 out by the end of this year would have been near-impossible. A March release date would make a lot more sense and theoretically possible. A September 2015 release would have been the safest choice for a maximum box office potential in my opinion (with plenty of time to complete the film).

      • CultureCast-Z March 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        I still think 2015 is already too late of a date. Imagine if Bridesmaids 2 was coming out this year. I feel like no one would care.

        • Nick! March 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

          You are correct, but anytime sooner just wasn’t in the cards. Then again, I’m not sure why a sequel is even happening. The film was popular, but it seems like the only person clamoring for a Pitch Perfect 2 was Elizabeth Banks.

  2. Richard Gruber March 22, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Just saw Pitch Perfect 3 trailer. Looks like its going to be another year of fun ride. Incredibly excited to see the Bella ladies returning on screen. Wish there was something going on between Beca and Chloe in this one. Give something for use queer ladies too, will you Trish 😉
    To know about Pitch Perfect 3 Trailer just take a look and you get all the information you need.

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