New Release Dates for ‘The Hobbit 3′, ‘Kick-Ass 2′, ‘2 Guns’ and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Bilbos Sword Stinger 570x328 New Release Dates for The Hobbit 3, Kick Ass 2, 2 Guns and Wolf of Wall Street

Over nine months have passed since Fox claimed the same July 2014 release date for X-Men: Days of Future Past as The Hobbit: There and Back Again (a.k.a. The Hobbit 3). New Line Cinema has finally relented and is moving Peter Jackson’s film back to December, the traditional launch-time for its Middle-earth adventures.

Meanwhile, Universal has shuffled around two comic book adaptations scheduled to open during the upcoming Summer, in the forms of Kick-Ass 2 and 2 Guns. Last, but not least: Paramount has formally added director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street to the 2013 Awards Season lineup, settling on a November debut.

Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey divided critics over its artistic merits (in comparison to his Lord of the Rings trilogy), but the film will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office within a couple weeks, at the latest. Hence, it’s not surprising that New Line/MGM has decided to avoid possibly losing momentum working for them – by pushing There and Back Again to the Winter Holiday frame, where audiences have proven receptive to revisiting J.R.R. Tolkien’s mystical world of hobbits, dwarfs and other fantasy creatures.

There and Back Again is hitting screens on December 17th, 2014 (including, HFR 3D theaters). It opens just over a year after the second installment, subtitled The Desolation of Smaug continues the story of Bilbo and his dwarfish companions’ trek to the Lonely Mountain (here’s a peek at the dragon’s lair). Director Brad Bird’s enigma sci-fi project Tomorrowland arrives two days later, providing competition for the attention of film geeks and families. Both ought to walk away perfectly fine, as far as the box office battle goes.

Kick Ass 2 Official Synopsis New Release Dates for The Hobbit 3, Kick Ass 2, 2 Guns and Wolf of Wall Street

Kick-Ass 2 is stepping down from its planned June 28th, 2013 showdown against the Roland Emmerich thriller White House Down – one of this year’s two Die Hard in the White House” offerings – and The Heat, which reunites director Paul Feig and Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy. It has less competition in the area of adult-oriented entertainment on its new August 16th date, facing off against the raunchy Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List. Meanwhile, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a sequel hoping to draw in families that weekend.

2 Guns is being switched out for Kick-Ass 2, with the former moving up to August 2nd. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are headlining the crime-thriller comic book adaptation, so a reasonable turnout is guaranteed. However, it does have strong competition in the forms of the comic book movie sequels 300: Rise of an Empire and RED 2 (not so much The Smurfs 2, which opens earlier that week).

Marty and Leo are re-teaming for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

The Wolf of Wall Street doesn’t fall into the same entertainment category as those comic book films, which is why it’s not arriving until November 15th, 2013. Wolf‘s prestigious director, lead actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), screenwriter (Terence Winter, the creator of Boardwalk Empire), supporting cast and fascinating subject matter (based on Jordan Belfort’s tell-all memoir) makes it an obvious heavyweight in the critical and awards buzz arena. Basically, it’s this year’s Lincoln.


2 Guns shoots up theaters on August 2nd, 2013.

Kick-Ass 2 hit the scene on August 16th, 2013.

The Wolf of Wall Street begins its party on November 15th, 2013.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again concludes the journey on December 17th, 2014.

Source: New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Paramount

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  1. Surprised that with an original scheduled release of June 28 for Kick-Ass 2 here we are in March and we still don’t have a teaser trailer.

    • agreed… I find that strange, also elysium, thor2, nothing, no teasers.

  2. Wow, this news is kind of disappointing. Personally, I liked The Hobbit more then the first LOTR film, so I’m super excited for these. I’m eager to see the next two, so this push back makes me :(

    And damn, I’ve been waiting for Kick Ass 2 since the tease at the end of the first one, so I hope it’s great. I always get a little skeptical when they move films to August, specially right before school starts.

    Either way, I’m looking forward to all these films.

  3. Actually was hoping they would push the third Hobbit back to December 2014. I enjoy all things Middle Earth during the holiday season. It’s pretty much a traditon.

    • Agreed!! I like my tickets to all have the same date as well

  4. Good. I’ve said from the start that ‘There And Back Again’ should be a holiday season release just like the original trilogy and the 1st two Hobbit films.

  5. Happy to see Wolf of Wall Street has a release date finally. Been looking forward to that one for a while. Should be another great one from Marty!

  6. It’s almost a crime that Leo hasn’t won an Oscar yet. He’s an awesome actor.

    • EVERYBODY constantly complains that Leo hasn’t won an Oscar, but do you know who else hasn’t won an oscar, and who are nominated even less times than Leo? John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes, Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellan, Richard Harris, Max Von Sydow, Hal Holbrook, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti, Harvey Keitel, and too much other legens. I don’t see what makes Leo so special except he’s been in box office successes (which obviously explains his popularity).

      • Leo is great in every film he is in and far supperior to most of the people you named imo… kenneth branagh?? Not even in this same league. Ill atleast agree with gary oldmen, john hurt, paul giamatti and ian mckellen

        • Kenneth Branagh is a great actor. He’s done the best interpretation of Shakespeare since Laurence Olivier.

      • richard harris is dead, has been for quite awhile, so the chances of him ever winning anything are non-existent.

  7. It was obvious that the hobbit 2 would be moved to around Cheistmas time.

    • ^ Christmas

  8. People who haven’t read the WOWS will be shocked by how gripping the story is. With Professor Scorsese at the helm it will not disappoint.

  9. Lol “2 Guns shoots up theaters”…rofl