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FF2 stakes out July 4, 2007 debut

20th Century Fox has set July 4, 2007 at the date for the sequel to this summer’s box office hit, Fantastic 4. The studio has confirmed that all the actors of the original cast have signed on for the sequel.

(Although Julian McMahon (Dr. Doom) has said Fantastic 4 II will be his last film in the series.)

The first Fantastic 4 became a surprise hit for Fox, which only had modest expectations for the $100 million film. But of this writing, the first installment of the franchise has grossed more than $154 in U.S. and Canadian box office sales. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, that places it in the Top 10 films of 2005 (at No. 10).

Worldwide the story is even better as the film grossed more than $328 million, making it the 8th-highest grossing film of the year so far.

If that holiday weekend 2007 premiere date holds firm for FF2, the flick will be opening opposite the animated Transformers movie by DreamWorks.

The first Fantastic 4 also was set to debut on July 4 – of this year – but studio bigwigs got cold feet and moved back the premiere by four days to the 8th. They wanted to avoid competing against the Steven Spielberg blockbuster War of the Worlds.

This time around with a proven track record, odds are that DreamWorks will be the first to flinch in 2007 and avoid conflict of two big budget science fiction films debuting on the same weekend.

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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