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Will Smith's 'After Earth' Moves Up a Week to Steer Clear of 'Man of Steel'

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Creating more distance from Superman pic Man of Steel, Sony is moving up the release of Will Smith sci-fi tentpole from June 7 to May 31.

M. Night Shyamalan directed movie, which stars Smith opposite his son, Jaden Smith. As in real life, the two play father and son who crash land on Earth years after the planet has been destroyed.

After Earth will now have two weeks of play, instead of one, before Warner Bros. rolls out Man of Steel on June 14.

In its old slot, After Earth would have opened opposite Shawn Levy's broad comedy The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. The Fox film now has the June 7-9 weekend to itself.

As for After Earth, it now opens opposite Universal's thriller The Purge and Lionsgate's Now You See Me, also a thriller.