The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is heading into 2020.
After a few key dates were recently moved around by Fox, Universal Pictures is now following suit and pushing back one of its upcoming releases. The Robert Downey Jr. led The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle was initially slated to hit theaters on April 12, 2019, however, it has been pushed back nine months and will now hit theaters on Jan. 17, 2020.
Unsurprisingly, the decision to move the film's release date was to try and secure a less competitive time of year for the family film. Had Doolittle remained in its April slot, it would have faced stiff competition from the likes of Disney's live-action Dumbo, as well as the superhero flick, Shazam! -- both of which should perform well at the box office. There's also the still untitled Avengers 4 set to hit theaters just a few weeks later, which would have surely hurt Doolittle's box office.
Currently, Doolittle is the only blockbuster scheduled for the new January date, with the only competition currently looking to be an untitled animated project from directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, which will hit theaters a week earlier.
Directed by Stephen Gaghan, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle stars Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Jim Broadbent, Harry Collett, Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Craig Robinson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cena, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on Jan. 17, 2020.