The heist comedy will debut on Wednesday, August 19, giving it a jump on a trio of wide releases that open on August 21 — the action comedy “American Ultra,” the video game adaptation “Hit Man: Agent 47,” and the horror film “Sinister 2.”
“Masterminds” was originally slated to bow on August 7, where it would have faced off against the superhero adventure “Fantastic Four,” the Meryl Streep dramedy “Ricki and the Flash,” and the animated film “Shaun the Sheep Movie.” It would have also had to contend with the second weekend of “Vacation,” a reboot of the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” series.
The hope is that “Masterminds” will get a boost from the later August release date. The time of year that historically has been hospitable to comedies such as “Tropic Thunder,” “Superbad” and “Let’s Be Cops.”
“Masterminds” stars Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudekis and centers on an armored car driver who is enlisted to help rob a bank. Jared Hess of “Napoleon Dynamite” fame is directing the picture.