In a round of release date changes at the Hollywood studios, Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse has been put back almost a year and set for a worldwide launch on April 25, 2014, with Disney distributing in the US and Fox internationally.

The film had been set for a July 3, 2013 North American release.

Staking out other domestic dates for summer 2014, Fox set Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for May 23 that year and the as yet untitled sequel to X-Men: First Class for July 18.

Fox also moved the domestic release of its big screen version of Walking with Dinosaurs from Oct 11 to Dec 20, 2013.

The studio has given the July 3, 2013 previously occupied by Robopocalypse to the 3D conversion of Independence Day.

Disney, meanwhile, has pushed the domestic launch of Lone Ranger from May 31 to July 3 next year and Thor 2 from Nov 15 to Nov 8, 2013.