It seems to be the year for Universal underestimating the popularity of their movies, with Furious 7 and Jurassic World both massively outperforming expectations, and Pitch Perfect 2 also surprising, making $171 million in the US alone.
It certainly wasn’t expected, as while Universal had hoped to make a third Pitch Perfect movie, they’d already decided they’d have to do so without Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, with Hailee Steinfeld deliberately brought into the second movie so that she could lead a lowed budgeted Part 3. Indeed, the end of Pitch Perfect 2 seemed to suggest the original characters were moving on.
However due to the movie’s huge success, plans have changed and THR reports both Kendrick and Wilson will now be back for Pitch Perfect 3, which has been set for released on July 21st, 2017. Kay Cannon, who wrote the first two films, is also returning, but there’s no news on the plot.