The Warner Bros. Point Break remake has moved off its July 31 release date and will now open on Christmas Day, one week after the new Star Wars film. Kathryn Bigelow’s original action film, starring Patrick Swayze as the head of a gang of surfing bank robbers and Keanu Reeves as the undercover F.B.I. agent tasked with taking them down, grossed more than $43 million when it opened in July 1991. The expensive remake, starring Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and directed by Ericson Core (Invincible), was initially positioned as one of Warner’s major summer tentpoles. But when Mission: Impossible 5 recently bumped up its Dec. 25 release date and landed on the July 31 weekend, Warner Bros. essentially decided to swap places.
One of Point Break’s producers, Alcon CEO Andrew Kosove, told Deadline that the new release date is an “opportunity,” an extra five months to get the film’s visual effects right. But the move also puts Point Break directly in the path of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars movie, which opens Dec. 18. It will also share the Christmas weekend with the Will Smith movie Concussion, David O. Russell’s Joy, animated films Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 and Monster Trucks, and the limited release of the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant.