Limited bow will be followed by expansion a week later

Steven Spielberg is back in the year-end mix: Disney has set “Lincoln,” the helmer’s latest pic from DreamWorks, for a limited bow Nov. 9 followed by an expansion a week later.

“Lincoln,” which toplines Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States, is one of the year’s last awards contenders to stake a claim on the calendar. Pic’s limited bow — likely scheduled for a few cities beyond just New York and L.A. — pits the historical drama against Sony-MGM’s “Skyfall” in wide release and Focus Features’ limited bow of period weeper “Anna Karenina.”

“Lincoln,” which is set during the Civil War period and co-stars Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Jared Harris, marks the second consecutive holiday push for a Spielberg pic. Last year, the helmer had “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin.”

Disney poised the film to play through the holiday season; dating the film any later would have pitted it against an already heavily crowded Christmas time frame.

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