Deadline is reporting that Paramount has pushed the release date for Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol back five days. Previously scheduled to open on December 16, the film is now set to open closer to Christmas, on December 21. The Brad Bird directed flick is sitting in a particularly crowded field, as the next entries in the Sherlock Holmes and Alvin & The Chipmunks franchises are set to open on the 16th. Additionally, the U.S. version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is now squatting on the same release date as Ghost Protocol. Then, just two days later, another big-bidget Paramount film, The Adventures of Tintin, is racing into theaters, making for a jam-packed Christmas weekend this year. Read on for more on the change!
Release date changes of this nature are common and is often accounted for by the studio trying to nail down the best possible date to give its film a good chance to perform well. The bigger question is what this means for the film’s IMAX run. While a significant number of IMAX screens have been added over the last few years, the smaller percentage of theaters equipped for the larger format means that films have to fight for those screens. A release of five days later may mean a few less days for fourth Mission Impossible. This is a bit more significant as several scenes were actually shot with IMAX cameras, which pretty much guarantees that those portions of the film will look spectacular.
Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol hits theaters on December 21.
Note: We realize that the newest Mission Impossible is not a Pixar film. However, it is the first live-action film for director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille). We will be covering the film, as we believe Pixar news readers might be interested!
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