Columbia Pictures
Sarah Caldwell
April 19, 2013 AT 05:47 PM EDT

After Earth will now be released May 31, one week early than had been previously planned, EW has confirmed. The Wrap originally reported the news.

”We love the date!” Sony said in a statement, adding, ”It is a wide open slot on the calendar that allows the film to get a little more summer play time.”  The studio also mentioned that footage shown at Cinemacon Wednesday was met with a fantastic reaction from the audience. The movie now opens a week after Fast & Furious 6 and two weeks before Man of Steel.

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