Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal Pictures has pushed its musical Les Miserables from December 14 to December 25. The studio made the move after getting the cut by The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper and feeling the film was appropriate for a Christmas Day opener, particularly after Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby moved off that date. Life Of Pi will open November 21 through Fox, and Gatsby was pushed back until next year.

It opens against Guilt Trip, Parental Guidance and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. December 21 is crazy-competitive, bringing Monsters Inc 3D; Judd Apatow’s This Is 40; Kathryn Bigelow’s hunt-for-bin Laden pic Zero Dark Thirty; and Jack Reacher, the Christopher McQuarrie-directed adaptation of the Lee Child novel series that stars Tom Cruise. And don’t forgot Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens December 14, and which Universal obviously wanted no part of with Les Miserables. This is going to be a great year end for moviegoers, but some of these films are going to be casualties of the bloodbath.

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