'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' to Open One Night Early on Dec. 20

Girl with the dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara Newspaper - H 2011
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Girl with the dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara Newspaper - H 2011

The David Fincher film stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Giving itself some extra breathing room before the Christmas crush, Sony's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will launch in theaters at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20, the eve of its previously scheduled opening.

Directed by David Fincher, Dragon Tattoo is the second film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's blockbuster novel and stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer. The Swedish-language film of the same name, released in 2009, was a hit at the international box office, grossing north of $94 million. In the U.S., it earned $10 million.

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"This is one of the busiest times of the year for moviegoing and we can't wait to share this outstanding thriller with audiences all over the world. We feel that by opening for nighttime shows on December 20th, fans of the book will be given the perfect opportunity to get  jump start on the release of the exceptional film," Sony chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution Jeff Blake said.

The final two weeks of the year can be a goldmine for Hollywood studios because of brisk midweek business.

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This weekend, the holiday stretch gets underway with the release of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. On Dec. 21, The Adventures of Tintin opens, followed on Dec. 23 by We Bought a Zoo and on Christmas Day, War Horse.

Fincher directed Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from an adapted script by Steve Zaillian. The film was produced by Scott Rudin, Ole Sondberg, Soren Staermose and Cean Chaffin.