Paramount Sets Date For ‘The Fighter’; Alters 2011 Slate

The FighterOne of my most eagerly anticipated films of this year is David O. Russell’s The Fighter, with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale playing half-brothers who together make an unlikely run for the welterweight title in the 1980s. Whether or not you were sickened by Russell’s on-set rants against Lily Tomlin on the I Heart Huckabees shoot, one can’t deny that he’s made some memorable films (like Flirting With Disaster and Three Kings) and that fuels my excitement to see this next project, which has him working with some of the best actors in the business right now, including Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.

After a long period of waiting to hear when Paramount Pictures would release the film, the studio has finally set it to bow on December 10th. This readies the picture for a possible awards run, but The Fighter will have to brawl with 20th Century Fox’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader for box office dominance. With the announcement came a pair of 2011 release date changes that I’m happy to share with you.

First off is Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. The animated sequel moves up a day from May 27th to Thursday the 26th to get an extra 24 hours of ticket sales from family audiences before the parents leave the kids with their bratty babysitter to check out The Hangover 2 on Friday. The next switch is for Gore Verbinski’s Rango, which was originally set for March 18th but will instead go up against the James Cameron-produced Sanctum on March 4th, leaving Beastly and The Dark Fields to battle it out on the 18th.

Source: Box Office Mojo