Meg Ryan’s Return To Romantic Comedy ‘What Happens Later’ Waits Out Incoming Taylor Swift Storm At Box Office

Meg Ryan was scheduled to return to her big-screen romantic comedy stomping ground on October 13, however, Taylor Swift spoiled it. No prob, the Ryan-directed and -starring holiday feature What Happens Later from Bleecker Street will now go on November 3, the last weekend of AMC’s Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie. Hopefully by that time, the Swifties will be interested in other movies.

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What Happens Later reps the third movie to shift out of the October 13 frame due to the Swift concert after The Exorcist: Believer (now October 6) and Lionsgate/Kingdom Story’s Ordinary Angels which is now TBD.

Ryan and David Duchovny play Willa and Bill, ex-lovers who’ll see each other for the first time in years when they find themselves snowed in, in-transit, at an airport overnight.

Bleecker Street is calling Ryan’s return to rom-coms, the #Megaissance. The movie reps her second feature as director after 2015’s Ithaca.

While the original Top Gun at $357 million worldwide is Ryan’s top-grossing film, her Tom Hanks romance pics You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle are second and third, respectively, with $251M and $228M in worldwide box office, respectively.

Ryan received three Golden Globe noms for Best Actress in a Comedy Musical for You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle as well as Rob Reiner’s 1990 rom-com When Harry Met Sally…, another big summer hit that year minting $93M stateside.

Industry projections –at the low end– have Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour at a $70M+ opening on Oct. 13-15.

Below is Bleecker Street’s tweet and the trailer for What Happens Later.

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