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The Predator Evades Meg & Moves to February 9, 2018

Well, we suspected this would happen after Warner Bros. announced the release date for the giant killer shark movie Meg as March 2, 2018. 20th Century Fox has brought the release date for Shane Black’s Predator movie forward by 3 weeks and is now scheduled for release on February 9, 2018. The Predator still isn’t totally on its own on that day – also releasing February 9th is Fifty Shades Freed – the third chapter in the Fifty Shades series. An as-of-yet untitled Marvel/Fox movie, possibly Deadpool 2 or Gambit, moves from January 2018 to Predator’s slot in March.

Meg vs Predator. Who would have won? The Predator Evades Meg & Moves to February 9, 2018

Meg vs Predator. Who would have won?

So who would have won in the fight between Meg and Predator at the box office? Meg has been in development hell since Steve Alten’s novel came out in 1997 so everybody has been waiting for this movie to happen for a long time. It’s a smart move from Fox to shift Predator’s release date, I think, as both films are aimed at similar demographics.

Thanks to Darkoo for the news.



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  1. The Alien Predator
    Well, now I have a sudden urge to see a Predator hunt a megalodon, Quint style.

    Tristan we need you to draw this ;)

    Just have the Pred wielding a massive spear and wearing Quint's hat. "Farewell and ado, to ye fair human ladies..."

    "Farewell and ado, to you ladies of Earth" ;)

    I've just got the image of instead of him being munch in half, The Predator version is jumping head first at it, spear in hand and Gauntlet at full stretch lol

    Already typing in the self destruct codes as he is sliding down.

    Nothing screams "cool" as a prepared Predator. XD
  2. Whiskeybrewer
    Well, now I have a sudden urge to see a Predator hunt a megalodon, Quint style.

    Tristan we need you to draw this ;)

    Just have the Pred wielding a massive spear and wearing Quint's hat. "Farewell and ado, to ye fair human ladies..."

    "Farewell and ado, to you ladies of Earth" ;)

    I've just got the image of instead of him being munch in half, The Predator version is jumping head first at it, spear in hand and Gauntlet at full stretch lol
  3. The Joker
    I agree with most of you that it shouldn't be problematic due to the audience that both films will attract.

    Really just hoping that 'The Predator' will be more successful (and better overall) than Predators.
  4. overthere
    While I'm not complaining about the movie coming out earlier (cause you know, we get to see it sooner), but wouldn't the 50 Shades sequel provide more competition since it has a built-in "fanbase" and the first one made over 500k worldwide?

    The first one also beat out Kingsman during the opening week of it's release:

    FSOG: $85,171,450
    KINGSMAN: $36,206,331

    Granted Predator has a larger fanbase than Kingsman, I still think it's a riskier move then releasing it against a shark movie. Also have to remember that Shane Black has stated that the film will be an "event film" and will have a larger budget, which obviously makes it's even more riskier.

    I believe Predator fans and 50 Shades of Grey fans couldn't be more opposite of each other. There's no competition there.
  5. The Joker
    While I'm not complaining about the movie coming out earlier (cause you know, we get to see it sooner), but wouldn't the 50 Shades sequel provide more competition since it has a built-in "fanbase" and the first one made over 500k worldwide?

    The first one also beat out Kingsman during the opening week of it's release:

    FSOG: $85,171,450
    KINGSMAN: $36,206,331

    Granted Predator has a larger fanbase than Kingsman, I still think it's a riskier move then releasing it against a shark movie. Also have to remember that Shane Black has stated that the film will be an "event film" and will have a larger budget, which obviously makes it's even more riskier.
  6. ROYCE_THE_PREDATOR
    Would be cool to see a taller Pred in the next film. I know right now there 7-8ft tall. But it would be cool to see a 9 foot tall Predator. Ofcoure it would have to be Cgi as there is nobody out there that tall to play him. But I would like to see a 9ft tall Pred side by side a 16 ft tall Queen Alien. Would be a cool sight.
  7. whiterabbit
    To fathom a guess, 380 million is the goal.

    Still, it's hard to believe there is a base large enough to choose Meg over the predator on opening night/weekend. If there is... then why not see both!
  8. PRJ_since1990
    Well this fan isn't going to be conflicted as to which movie to see. Once they get a trailer out, the hype train will leave the station. I wish they wouldn't make moves like this, basically double booking with another big sequel. As much as they want it to be, The Predator isn't going to be the "Avengers for Fox" and pull in a billion dollars. I believe it will do well but not as good as they want. Time will tell though.
  9. whiterabbit
    I feel kind of bad for the predator. I mean to lose out to a freaking prehistoric and extinct shark.

    It's not about losing, it's about Meg cutting into it's audience. The same kind of people who will see The Predator are more likely to also be interested in Meg, so there'll be conflict. The people going to see Fifty Shades won't give a damn about The Predator, so they won't be losing any tickets to another movie.
    So it's about losing butts in the seats..... yep, the predator has gone Yellow. No, no, I totally understand what you mean but it is what it is. Fifty Shades was extremely successful in the US South. So there's that.
  10. HuDaFuK
    I feel kind of bad for the predator. I mean to lose out to a freaking prehistoric and extinct shark.

    It's not about losing, it's about Meg cutting into it's audience. The same kind of people who will see The Predator are more likely to also be interested in Meg, so there'll be conflict. The people going to see Fifty Shades won't give a damn about The Predator, so they won't be losing any tickets to another movie.
  11. whiterabbit
    'Meg' has a huge hype train behind it - it's been famously held up for years. Plus, there really hasn't been a serious attempt at a film dealing with megalodon. Contrast that against another 'Predator' film and casual audiences would at least be split, if not have a preference for the novelty of the giant shark film.

    Plus, there's the 'date film' angle... Guys have a better chance convincing someone to go to a generic monster flick than one which famously revolves around skinning and ripping skulls out of people. :)

    'Deadpool' was more subversive and had the comedy angle going for it - it had wider appeal. You have to play release dates carefully when it comes to something with the type of subject material 'Predator' films do.
    A serious giant shark movie... the shallows is opening next month. It looks like an honest try. I still feel bad for the now 2nd rate predator though.
  12. New Guy Here
    @ XENOMORPHOSIS

    Just wanna say that I think we'll hear more about Neill's Alien movie by next year.

    Think about Fox is handling their X-Men movies: They're multiple timelines, numerous continuities and retcons.
  13. XENOMORPHOSIS
    Well at least they've not brought the release so soon that they're rushing the production schedule. 6 months after Alien Covenant we'll be treated to a Predator flick. Wonder if Neill' Blomkamp's Alien project will going in production in 2018 for a release in 2019 to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of Alien.

    As DeadPool would put it "These Timelines are so confusing ." Fox's Marvel liscenced properties art their top priority seeing as super hero films are the hot genre and they have to make a film based off the license or else the rights revert back to Marvel.

    Speaking of which there was a rumor that Fox were contemplating reviving the Alien vs Predator movies and subsequent Alien Predator films as an expanded cinematic universe not unlike Marvel's avengers.

    Tempting as that sound it dos pose as problematic at guaranteeing the film will always live up to audience expectations, not to confuse the integrity of either brands. We probably won't see that any time soon. If such an approach led to guaranteed quality films I'd be in full support, but that's not reality.
  14. Xenomorphine
    'Meg' has a huge hype train behind it - it's been famously held up for years. Plus, there really hasn't been a serious attempt at a film dealing with megalodon. Contrast that against another 'Predator' film and casual audiences would at least be split, if not have a preference for the novelty of the giant shark film.

    Plus, there's the 'date film' angle... Guys have a better chance convincing someone to go to a generic monster flick than one which famously revolves around skinning and ripping skulls out of people. :)

    'Deadpool' was more subversive and had the comedy angle going for it - it had wider appeal. You have to play release dates carefully when it comes to something with the type of subject material 'Predator' films do.
  15. whiterabbit
    I feel kind of bad for the predator. I mean to lose out to a freaking prehistoric and extinct shark. I kind of thought the Predator would be up to the challenge. Could have thrown in a homage of a Predator hunting a Megalodon on ancient Earth for the next movie.
  16. Predator_Spirit
    I think Predator would have won the box office battle against Meg, the new competition is now the third Grey movie, and to be frank, Predator is so gonna lose that one. Can't compete against boring soft core porn, ohh the audience of today.

    I don't think they'd be aiming at the same audience. Has the second one come out yet?

    feb 2017 and feb 2018
  17. Johnny Handsome
    I think Predator would have won the box office battle against Meg, the new competition is now the third Grey movie, and to be frank, Predator is so gonna lose that one. Can't compete against boring soft core porn, ohh the audience of today.
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