In a characteristically fickle move by the producers of Pitch Perfect 3, the release date was brought forward two weeks to July 21, 2017, according to an announcement from Universal Pictures yesterday. The blockbuster comedy about a group of unlikely girlfriends brought together by their love of a cappella was initially to hit cinemas on this revised date, but it was bumped back to August 4, 2017, several months ago. Pitch Perfect 3 will see Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, stars of the Pitch Perfect franchise, reunite under the expert direction of Elizabeth Banks, who also plays a supporting role.
Pitch Perfect 3 is the third chapter in the Pitch Perfect franchise, and the second that will be directed by comedy starlet Elizabeth Banks. The first Pitch Perfect film, directed by Jason Moore, performed well at the box office -- grossing $115 million with a $17 million budget -- and the second set a promising precedent for further installments of beautifully bizarre musical comedy. Banks took over as director for Pitch Perfect 2, and the rising star of the American actress, director, and producer soared higher upon release: Pitch Perfect 2 grossed $288 million on a $29 million budget, according to Entertainment Weekly.
This means that, when Pitch Perfect 3 releases in July 2017, two weeks earlier than previously scheduled, the third of chapter of the story about the all-female a cappella group will be adding to an impressive global gross of the Pitch Perfect franchise.
"Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will return to star in the third installment of the musical franchise, which already has a global gross of $402 million from 2012's Pitch Perfect and 2015's Pitch Perfect 2," said The Hollywood Reporter.
Banks was reluctant to give away details during an interview with Collider about the eagerly awaited sequel to Pitch Perfect 2, which surprised and charmed critics with rising stars, quirky cameos and genuine a cappella superstar talents joining the Pitch Perfect cast.
"Details on Pitch Perfect 3 are still under wraps and Banks didn't want to let anything slip during an interview with Collider earlier this year. Although, she said she's excited to determine who the big cameos will be this time around. The last sequel featured real-life a cappella groups like Grammy-winning Pentatonix, Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal, Snoop Dogg, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews," said Collider of the upcoming movie release.
Industry critics have said that the decision to have Pitch Perfect 3's release date moved forward two weeks to July 21, 2017, will benefit PP3 at the box office. Collider said that the earlier release date for the third Pitch Perfect will likely yield a better run for the film because it now opens closer to the heart of the summer season.
"Pitch Perfect 3 will open against Christopher Nolan's World War II thriller Dunkirk, Luc Besson's sci-fi tale Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Fox's animated movie The Story of Ferdinand," reports EW.
This means that PP3 will no longer premier alongside Ridley Scott's next Alien movie, Alien: Covenant.
Earlier this month, rumors spread that pop prince Justin Bieber will be joining Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson on screen in Pitch Perfect 3 with a cameo. It was reported that Bieber had been a fan of Wilson for some time before making her acquaintance at a Jennifer Lopez concert last year, when it is said that the two discussed the possibility of a role for the "Love Yourself" singer in the third Pitch Perfect film.
The fickle move by the producers to have the Pitch Perfect 3 release date brought forward two weeks to July 21, 2017 may be their best one yet, as fans eagerly await the one-of-a-kind comedy to hit cinemas next year.
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