STX Entertainment sure did wait long enough; ComingSoon.net is reporting that with only a few weeks left to go, STX seem to have suddenly realized what else was opening on the same weekend as The Space Between Us, their upcoming young-adult focused sci-fi film. Originally slated to open on December 16th, it would have put them up against the opening night of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They have now blasted their opening date into the future to February 3rd.
In reality this isn't the first date change for Space Between Us, as it had been initially planned for a week later release on December 21st, which would have put it on a Wednesday smack between Rogue One and Assassin's Creed. Generally, date changes are taken to be signs of a studio having cold feet around a film's audience response and wanting to have another round with it in front of test audiences or in the editing bay, but in this case with all of the advance press welling up around Rogue One, this is probably the best move they could have made. Though it really does feel as if one of the studio heads just read the latest Variety headlines and noticed the stories of Rogue One's projected box office and called out to their secretary asking, "when are we opening again?"
The Space Between Us is about Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), the first human to be born on Mars. His mother was discovered to be pregnant already en route to the Red Planet. After being raised on a mars science base, Gardner for the first time returns to Earth where he begins to experience life. NASA discovers that it has to race to get him back to Mars before Earth's environment kills him after having been raised in a sterile planetary outpost in low gravity.
The Space Between Us was written and directed by Allan Loeb, and stars Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, and Britt Robertson.