‘Black Hawk’ down for Dec.

Pic to open for limited Oscar qualifying run

Based on stellar early screenings, Sony has opted to open Revolution Studios’ “Black Hawk Down” for a limited Oscar qualifying run Dec. 28.

Pic will open in two theaters in both L.A. and New York before expanding to 2,500 screens on Jan. 18.

The Ridley Scott-helmed, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced actioner initially was penciled in for fall, but then got bumped to March and again to January. One challenge in skedding the pic has been its subject matter, which was sticky even before Sept. 11.

The pic, which stars Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana, details the disastrous U.S. military mission in Somalia that resulted in the deaths of 18 Americans and hundreds of Somalis. It’s based on a book by Mark Bowden.

The schedule shift restores some punch to a December slate that has seen the exit of “Gangs of New York” and an opt-out by “The Road to Perdition.” Universal’s “A Beautiful Mind” also moved to a limited bow before widening in January.

Sony’s “Ali,” which just slid back to Christmas Day, remains the most awaited wide launch in December’s final week.

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