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When it comes to watching Tom Cruise kicking asses on future Earth for Joseph Kosinski’s upcoming Oblivion, there isn’t much opinionated middle ground. Either you can’t wait to see one of Hollywood’s biggest stars back in the sci-fi realm, or you hope the film is a galactic failure and keeps Cruise away from tentpole movies like this for as long as possible.
Both camps will suffer a little, as Universal Pictures has announced there won’t be an early release for IMAX theaters on April 12, as was originally planned. Instead, the film will be release nationwide on all theaters on the film’s proper release date of April 19. Fans will have to holster their space guns just a little longer, and naysayers won’t get to immediately float negative reviews around.
The shift is said to allow Cruise’s international promotions to continue unabated, as many overseas territories will be releasing the film starting on April 12. It will still allow Cruise time to return to the U.S. and promote the film in the days prior to the national release.
It’s not as though Universal is taking a big blow from this either, as it gives their remastered IMAX 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, which opens on April 5, an extra week in theaters to sap more moviegoers’ money before Oblivion comes in and wipes the dinosaurs out.
Oblivion follows Cruise’s former marine Jack Harper as a drone repairman sent to extract resources from an Earth nearly destroyed from an alien invasion 60 years previous. A mysterious visitor forces Jack to reconsider everything he thought he knew about the fate of humanity and the planet they left behind. The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, and Andrea Riseborough.