"Little Fockers" release date shifts to December

Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:21am EST
 
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By Carl DiOrio

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Universal figures "Little Fockers" is more Yuletide fare than summer sizzler.

The studio will sit on the recently wrapped comedy sequel until December 22 and instead will unspool two previously unslotted films in swimsuit season.

Its Matt Damon thriller "The Adjustment Bureau" will open for business on July 30 -- the original release date for "Little Fockers" -- and the youth-targeting adventure fantasy "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" will roll out on August 13.

The "Fockers" franchise kicked off on October 6, 2000 with "Meet the Parents," which ended up with $166 million domestically. The sequel "Meet the Fockers," released December 22, 2004, grossed $279 million. Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller are returning for the latest offering. "Little Fockers" is considered a working title.

Universal domestic distribution president Nikki Rocco said the studio is being "opportunistic" with its scheduling moves after noting the absence of a big comedy in the mix of 2010 holiday titles.

"A year ago, the Christmas landscape wasn't as clear," Rocco said in explaining the studio's original summer slotting for "Little Fockers."

Other wide openers set for the Wednesday before Christmas include Fox's Jack Black adventure picture "Gulliver's Travels" and Sony's comic-book actioner "The Green Hornet" starring Seth Rogen. Paramount's remake of "True Grit," starring Damon and Jeff Bridges, is scheduled to open December 25.

Rival pictures set to open opposite "Pilgrim" include Warner Bros.' 3D family-comedy sequel "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the CBS Films drama "Beastly" and Paramount laugher "Morning Glory." "Adjustment Bureau" competition includes the Lionsgate actioner "The Expendables" and Sony's Julia Roberts starrer "Eat, Pray, Love."