U sets Christmas opening for ‘Les Miserables’

Studio moves date after WB delays 'Great Gatsby,' Fox bumps up 'Pi'

With “The Great Gatsby” and “The Life of Pi” both moving out of the Christmas day slot, Universal has decided to take advantage of the opening by moving “Les Miserables” to the Dec. 25 slot.

The pic had previously been scheduled to bow on Dec. 14. Sources tell Variety that after seeing a recent cut of the pic, execs felt it made sense to move the pic to the prestige Christmas Day bow and to take advantage of holiday crowds. Warner Bros.’ “The Great Gatsby” was recently moved to summer 2013 while Fox decided to go earlier with ‘Pi,’ which opens Nov. 21.

“Les Miserables” stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway with Tom Hooper directing.

William Nicholson, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg adapted the Victor Hugo novel. Story follows Jean Valjean, played by Jackman, while on the run during the French Revolution.

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce for Working Title alongside Cameron Mackintosh and Debra Hayward.

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