Action film moves from July 10 to Nov. 13
Sony is pushing back the release of Roland Emmerich’s actioner “2012” from July 10 to Nov. 13, the same date the studio used to launch the previous two James Bond pics.Sony prexy of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer said the studio has a very strong summer slate — including tentpole “Angels and Demons” (May 15) and Denzel Washington-John Travolta actioner “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” (June 12) — and it made sense to move “2012” to November. Also, Sony has international distribution rights to McG’s “Terminator: Salvation,” which opens day-and-date on May 22. Warners is releasing domestically. Sony said “2012” would have been ready in time for July 10. In its new date, the Emmerich pic goes up against Warner Bros.’ Robert Downey Jr. topliner “Sherlock Holmes,” which likewise opens Nov. 13, along with 20th Century Fox family film “Tooth Fairy.” On Nov. 20, four titles enter the market, including Sony’s family toon “Planet 51″ and “Twilight” sequel “New Moon.” The decision to take “2012” out of July — prime summer B.O. real estate — will prompt other studios to review their release calendars and see if moving something to the July 10 slot makes sense.
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