You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Alvin’ sequel to open on Dec. 23

Fox aims for out-of-school kids with date change

Hoping to get kids squeaking early, 20th Century Fox will now open “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” on Dec. 23, instead of Christmas Day.

Studio said more than 76% of kids will be out of school by the Wednesday before Christmas, as opposed to 66% on Monday and Tuesday.

But move means Fox is releasing its two year-end tentpoles less than a week apart. On Dec. 18, Fox unspools James Cameron’s 3D epic “Avatar.”

“Alvin’s” new release date allows it to get a jump on Christmas weekend, when competition for eyeballs will be fierce between new entries and holdovers (“Alvin” has the advantage of being the only kiddie pic in the marketplace).

Opening wide on Dec. 25 are Warner Bros.’ Robert Downey Jr.-Jude Law starrer “Sherlock Holmes” and Universal’s Nancy Meyers comedy “It’s Complicated,” starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

Two films also go wide on Dec. 25; Paramount’s George Clooney topliner “Up in the Air,” directed by Jason Reitman and opening in a limited run on Dec. 24, and the Weinstein Co.’s musical “Nine,” directed by Rob Marshall. “Nine” begins its limited run on Dec. 18.

More Film

  • moviepass card

    MoviePass Parent's Shares Crushed After Disclosing Pricing of Stock Sale

    Hoping to get kids squeaking early, 20th Century Fox will now open “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” on Dec. 23, instead of Christmas Day. Studio said more than 76% of kids will be out of school by the Wednesday before Christmas, as opposed to 66% on Monday and Tuesday. But move means Fox is […]

  • 'Deadpool 2' Releases Final Trailer [WATCH]

    'Deadpool 2' Drops Final Trailer

    Hoping to get kids squeaking early, 20th Century Fox will now open “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” on Dec. 23, instead of Christmas Day. Studio said more than 76% of kids will be out of school by the Wednesday before Christmas, as opposed to 66% on Monday and Tuesday. But move means Fox is […]

  • solo a star wars story

    'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Set to Hit China on May 25

    Hoping to get kids squeaking early, 20th Century Fox will now open “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” on Dec. 23, instead of Christmas Day. Studio said more than 76% of kids will be out of school by the Wednesday before Christmas, as opposed to 66% on Monday and Tuesday. But move means Fox is […]

  • 'Little Pink House' Review: Catherine Keener

    Film Review: 'Little Pink House'

    Hoping to get kids squeaking early, 20th Century Fox will now open “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” on Dec. 23, instead of Christmas Day. Studio said more than 76% of kids will be out of school by the Wednesday before Christmas, as opposed to 66% on Monday and Tuesday. But move means Fox is […]

  • David Cronenberg10th Beaune International Thriller Film

    Venice Film Festival to Honor David Cronenberg With Lifetime Achievement Award

    Hoping to get kids squeaking early, 20th Century Fox will now open “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” on Dec. 23, instead of Christmas Day. Studio said more than 76% of kids will be out of school by the Wednesday before Christmas, as opposed to 66% on Monday and Tuesday. But move means Fox is […]

  • Female Filmmakers Center Stage at Sundance

    Female Filmmakers Center Stage at Sundance Film Festival London

    Hoping to get kids squeaking early, 20th Century Fox will now open “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” on Dec. 23, instead of Christmas Day. Studio said more than 76% of kids will be out of school by the Wednesday before Christmas, as opposed to 66% on Monday and Tuesday. But move means Fox is […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content