‘Valkyrie’ to open Christmas Day

UA/MGM's thriller is one of five wide releases

United Artists/MGM’s Tom Cruise Nazi thriller “Valkyrie” will open on Christmas Day instead of Dec. 26, so the pic can benefit from the traditional uptick in moviegoing on Christmas night.

A record number of movies are unspooling over the Christmas frame this year.

“Valkyrie” is one of five wide releases opening on Dec. 25 alone. The other four are Disney’s Adam Sandler laffer “Bedtime Stories,” Paramount’s Brad Pitt-Cate Blanchett starrer “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” 20th Century Fox’s Jennifer Aniston-Owen Wilson comedy “Marley and Me” and Lionsgate’s “The Spirit,” directed by Frank Miller.

That’s on top of the movies opening Dec. 19, including Sony’s Will Smith drama “Seven Pounds” and Warner Bros.’ Jim Carrey comedy “Yes Man.”

The specialty side is equally busy over the holidays, with “Gran Torino,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Doubt” and “The Wrestler” all using the holiday to expand. Openers include “Revolutionary Road” and “Last Chance Harvey.”

“Valkyrie,” from director Bryan Singer, takes the spot vacated by Forest Whitaker sports drama “Hurricane Season,” which has been pushed back from Dec. 25 to next year.

“Hurricane” was to have been the last movie distributed by MGM via its output deal with the Weinstein Co. The pic will now be distributed by the Weinstein Co.

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