Fox moves "Apes" release up to August from Thanksgiving

Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:12pm EDT
 
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By Pamela McClintock

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After seeing much of the movie, 20th Century Fox is moving up the release date of "Rise of the Apes" from Thanksgiving to August 5.

In its new home, "Rise of the Apes" will be the final major release of the summer season, and capitalize on kids still being out of school.

Other movies opening on August 5 include Universal's comedy "The Change-Up," Summit's sci-fi alien invasion film "The Darkest Hour" and Sony's "The Smurfs."

Just as the summer box office now begins in the first weekend of May, studios are relying on August more and more, as June and July grow more crowded. Early August has turned out several hits in recent years, including "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Tropic Thunder."

"Rise of the Apes" -- an origins story set in modern-day San Francisco -- was originally to have opened in June, but Fox pushed back the opening to November 23. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, it stars James Franco, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis.

In another shift, Fox is moving back the release of "The Sitter" from July 14 to December 9. So far it's the only R-rated comedy set to play over the year-end holidays.