Escape Room 2 has moved its release date to July of this year. Escape Room came out in 2019 and was directed by Adam Robitel. The psychological horror-thriller follows a group of six people who are sent a mysterious invitation to an escape room that boasts a $10,000 prize. One by one, each member of the group is picked off as they navigate varying escape rooms with dangerous, life-endangering tasks. Despite mixed reviews from critics, Escape Room managed to gross over $155 million worldwide, making roughly $18 million in its first weekend of release.
While Escape Room 2 was set to release on January 7, 2022, per Deadline, Sony has now announced the film will release on July 16 of this year. Consequently, this is the same release date as fellow Sony movie Cinderella, which stars singer-songwriter Camila Cabello. However, as each movie is geared towards a different demographic, it seems Sony may wind up keeping both films on July 16.
Escape Room 2 faced many changes in its release date due to the complications of the pandemic. The film was originally set to release in the spring of 2020, and Sony continued to move the date later into the year. However, the changes in Escape Room 2's release date are not likely to deter audiences from anticipating this sequel project. Although Escape Room was inherently cheesy, the film developed a cult following and is likely to experience increased viewership for its sequel – especially since the cliffhanger ending of Escape Room was perfectly set up to be followed by a sequel. Additionally, because Escape Room 2 is planning for a theatrical release rather than via a streaming platform, it will absolutely drum up excitement from those who have waited months to attend a movie in theaters again.