In Mexico, 'Salvation' will wait

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"Terminator Salvation" has become the latest summer tentpole to fall victim to the swine flu in Mexico, where Sony has postponed its release of the Christian Bale starrer to July 31.

"Salvation," which Warner Bros. has set for the Memorial Day frame domestically, had been scheduled to unspool June 5 south of the border. Sony also confirmed a shift in the Mexican opening of its Tom Hanks starrer "Angels & Demons," from May 15 to June 12.

"Like everyone, we have been closely monitoring the situation in Mexico all week, and we continue to be extremely concerned about this health crisis," Sony spokesman Steve Elzer said.

Previously, Fox postponed the Mexico release of its "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" from its intended debut this weekend, scheduling the actioner for a May 14 bow.

The Mexican Film Chamber said Thursday that the nationwide closure of 4,300-plus screens will cost the exhibition sector an estimated $19 million in losses.

John Hecht in Mexico City contributed to this report.
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