The animation exodus from 2014 is continuing as Universal Pictures announced that it will move its "Minions in 3D," a spinoff from the blockbuster "Despicable Me" franchise, from December 2014 to July 10, 2015.
The move comes the same week that Disney said it was moving its troubled
Pixar is replacing the film’s director,
Universal said it was postponing the “Minions” release date not because of production issues but to maximize the film’s box office revenue. “Despicable Me 2,” released on July 3, has grossed more than $840 million worldwide. It trails only “
To make room in its 2015 schedule for the "Minions" movie, which is produced by Universal's Illumination Entertainment, the studio is moving a different, untitled Illumination release from July 2015 to February 2016.
Competition among animated films is skyrocketing. This year, 11 animated movies will be released widely, up from six a decade ago. Even with "Minions" and "The Good Dinosaur" moving out of next year, 2015's animated slate still includes "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," "Rio 2," "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "Planes: Fire & Rescue."