Phineas and Ferb are a big deal.  Their made for TV movie brought in a record number of viewers for a cable television movie, and it has someone at Disney all excited (probably the same one who was wary about The Lone Ranger).  It looks like Disney is so confident that Phineas and Ferb will do well in the box office, that the company pushed the release date for Thor 2: Asgardian Boogaloo from July 26, 2013 to November 15, 2013.

This is rather interesting because November is clearly outside the big blockbuster summer season, and because it isn’t opening on Thanksgiving (the start of the holiday movie season), it leaves Thor 2 kind of dangling in the wind.  Nothing has been shot, so poor story isn’t to blame, but perhaps Thor’s initial theatrical release has studio execs nervous that Thor won’t perform as well the second time out.  For what it is worth, Thor’s production budget is estimated at $150 million. The movie brought in $181 million domestically and $267 million internationally, for a total box office take of $448 million.

Phineas and Ferb are going to need exactly what they are going to do that day in order to meet those numbers.


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  1. alvarlux
    October 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    This may also just be part of a general strategy to space the superhero movies out more?

    • October 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm — Reply

      That’s what I was thinking as well. I love the superhero movies, but as someone who only sees movies occasionally, I don’t like seeing the same type of movie twice in a row even if it is my favorite genre. If I’m only going to see three movies in the summer, then most likely only one is going to be a superhero movie.

    • October 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm — Reply

      That’s not a bad line of thinking, but keep in mind, spacing isn’t as important as making money. That particular date is so close to the Dead Zone of movie releases, that it stands out as an odd thing. Had Disney moved the release to Thanksgiving, then that would make more sense. The only reason to release P&F in the summer is to ensure maximum dollars earned at the box office, and then again in November when the DVD goes on sale…

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