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The Exorcist: Believer Moves Up a Week After Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Film Announced

August 31, 2023 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
The Exorcist: Believer Image Credit: Universal PIctures

Pazuzu fears Taylor Swift, as Universal has moved The Exorcist: Believer forward a week to avoid the singer’s newly-announced concert film. Universal and Blumhouse announced on Thursday that the Exorcist legacy sequel will now release on October 6th. The move from the originally-scheduled October 13th release date comes after Swift announced earlier in the day Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour will arrive that day in AMC and other theaters.

Jason Blumhouse confirmed the reason for the move, writing on Twitter:

“Look what you made me do.

The Exorcist: Believer moves to 10/6/23


The Eras Tour was shot in Los Angeles in August and is a rare opportunity for fans to see the concert, which has had difficult to obtain tickets and has grossed $591 million per Billboard. Tickets for the concert film will be $19.89 for adults and $13.13 for seniors — high prices, but not too high for sales to spike already. Deadline reports that the film has already grossed over $10 million in pre-sales in just half a day.

All this led to Universal making the canny decision to move Exorcist Believer away from the weekend to avoid the competition. The Eras Tour could potentially gross more than $30 million for the weekend, and Universal & Blumhouse would rather not compete against those numbers.

The Exorcist: Believer is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Peter Sattler. It stars Leslie Odom, Jr., Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Lidya Jewett, Olivia Marcum and Ellen Burstyn. The synopsis reads:

Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom, Jr.) has raised their daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett) on his own.

But when Angela and her friend Katherine (Olivia Marcum), disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn).