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‘Purge 3’ Sets July 1, 2016 Release Date

Universal has dated “The Purge 3” for July 1, 2016.

The horror-thriller will open against Warner Bros.’ “Tarzan” and Disney’s “The BFG.”

The studio confirmed in October that a third “Purge” was coming from Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes. James DeMonaco returns to script with an eye to direct.

The second installment, “The Purge: Anarchy,” took in $108 million worldwide. The third film is part of Jason Blum’s 10-year, first-look deal with Universal, announced during the opening weekend of “The Purge: Anarchy” in July.

Blum is producing again along with Sebastien Lemercier and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

“The Purge” in 2013 was Blumhouse’s first production under its first-look deal with Universal. The sci-fi thriller, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and set in the year 2022, became a major success with $89 million in global box office after it was produced on a budget of $3 million.

“The Purge: Anarchy″ stars Frank Grillo and cost $3 million. Both films center on America having devolved into a culture where murder is legal for one night every year.

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