This is not the first move for The Space Between Us. As mentioned, the film was originally going to be a summer release, before STX decided to switch it out with Bad Moms (which became the studio’s highest grossing film yet). That still left the film with an August release date, only for it to be moved again December 21, in an effort to allow more time for its visual effects to be refined. That date then became December 16, but it seems as if STX learned a lesson last weekend when putting their very well-reviewed, R-rated teen comedy, The Edge of Seventeen, up against Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
While there should still be some concern as to whether or not the film is any good, this does seem like a smart move from a business perspective. Keeping The Space Between Us away from much more notable films by sacrificing the box office legs that holiday releases tend to have could be a risky bet, but the placement of a sci-fi teen romance could benefit from being more in the clear and nearer to Valentine’s Day weekend. The Space Between Us trailers make the film seem a little cheesy, but the presence of Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino and B.D. Wong as cast members lends the film more credibility, as a whole.