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Hollywood buckles up as these five huge movies release on the same day

December 21st  is shaping up to be the most competitive date of the year at the box office with five major movies are set to be released.

Almost all the films are squarely in the same category of “family-friendly but not just for kids,” and all five are special-effects-stuffed fantasies.

The date is attractive to studios since it’s the Friday before the holidays.

In addition, Dec. 21 is the last tentpole date studios can get a big movie out during the fiscal year to boost their balance sheets.

The Five films set to compete at the box office on the same day this year are;

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But wait, there’s one more.

Because Disney wants in on this end-of-year all-movies-must-go madness too. The studio recently moved Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt to Dec. 19, the Wednesday before the other five.

So while it doesn’t come out the same day, it will be in the mix during the same weekend (and could blow Aquaman out of the water, especially with its two-day head start)

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