Cloverfield’s ‘God Particle’ Pushed Back To October

By December 9, 2016


The mysteries surrounding what is rumored to be the next Cloverfield film will have to wait just a little bit longer. That’s because Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have pushed God Particle back eight months.

The film from 22 Jump Street writer Oren Uziel and Star Trek: Beyond‘s Doug Jung, will now hit theaters Oct. 27. And yes, it’s a long way from when it was originally supposed to debut, Feb. 24.

If Paramount and Bad Robot had a reason to move it, at least according to Dark Horizons, they ain’t sharing it. So all we can do is look at what competition it’s avoiding, and what it will now be up against.

Feb. 24, a weekend that is just a little more than two months away, didn’t necessarily have a competitive schedule. The other two wide releases for the weekend was Lionsgate’s animated Rock Dog starring Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard, and Universal’s horror flick Get Out from writer and director Jordan Peele (yes, the comic actor Jordan Peele).

Now, God Particle‘s primary competition is the yet-untitled eighth movie in the Saw franchise. And because we’re so far out, not much else. What could be even worse for God Particle – Oct. 27 is Halloween weekend, and who wants to compete with a horror film (especially one from a large franchise) on Halloween weekend?

It’s also not really one of Hollywood’s most lucrative weekends.

This past Halloween, the top movie was Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, which held on to the top spot with $17.2 million over Tom Hanks’ latest Da Vinci Code film, Inferno.

Overall, the top five films grossed just $57.3 million, the lowest of any winter weekend so far this year.

And 2015 was no better. The top film that Halloween weekend, according to The Numbers, was The Martian, holding onto that slot a month after it was released, and after accumulating just $11.7 million at the box office.

The February weekend it abandoned is a bit different. This past year, the top film was Deadpool with $31.1 million, leading a top five that grossed $67.1 million. In 2015, it was Will Smith’s Focus at No. 1 with an $18.7 million debut.

Then again, while the Saw franchise might be popular, it’s not exactly a major box office winner. The most recent film in that horror franchise was Saw 3-D that opened Halloween weekend in 2010 to an anemic $24.2 million. It would go on to gross $45.7 million domestically and $133.7 million worldwide.

It’s difficult to try and predict how God Particle will do, even if it really is considered part of the Cloverfield series. The first Cloverfield grossed $171.3 million worldwide in 2008, while the more recent 10 Cloverfield Lane $108.3 million.

Still, that was good return on both films, which had budgets of just $25 million and $15 million respectively.

God Particle actually has a smaller reported budget, at least according to IMDb. Set on a space station where a particle accelerator accident causes the Earth to disappear and another space station to appear, has a budget of just $10 million.

And one other thing to note, God Particle may not even be the final name of the film when it hits theaters. 10 Cloverfield Lane, for example, was known as Valencia right up until its first trailer was introduced.

The film stars Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris O’Dowd, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zhang Ziyi and David Oyelowo.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.